Own a rare piece of original aluminum skin from Pacific War combat veteran B-29 Superfortress 'The Big Time Operator' combined with Ron Cole's artwork of this specific aircraft in action.
B-29-50-BW-42-24791 "The Big Time Operator" was produced by Boeing, Wichita Kansas 17 October 1944. After acceptance, this B-29 was assigned to the 1st Bomb Squadron (Very Heavy), 9th Bomb Group, 313th Bomb Wing, XXI Bomber Command, 20th Air Force. "The Big Time Operator" was flown on 46 Combat Missions over Japan from Guam and Tinian during 1945. After World War Two, B-29 42-24791 "The Big Time Operator" was flown back to the United States. She was stricken from inventory in 1950 and transferred to China Lake Naval Weapons Station. At China Lake "The Big Time Operator" was used as a ground target with many other famous B-29's for decades of weapons testing. This aircraft was then put on display at the Edward F. Beale Museum, California, where these pieces of aluminum skin were obtained. The Beale Museum closed in 2001 and the nose section was transferred through the National Museum of the United States Air Force to the New England Air Museum, Connecticut. The New England Air Museum used the remains of "The Big Time Operator" to restore their B-29 "Jacks Hack". QuestMasters obtained the nose of B-29-50-BW 42-24791 "The Big Time Operator" in November 2012. See more info at http://www.questmasters.us/B-29_BTO.html
Signed and numbered.
Each display signed & numbered by the artist.
11x17 inches, framed and ready to hang.
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