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BOEING: B-29 SUPERFORTRESS TO CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY DURING AUGUST THREE-DAY FETE IN SEATTLE

 BOEING: B-29 SUPERFORTRESS TO CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY
 DURING AUGUST THREE-DAY FETE IN SEATTLE
 SEATTLE, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The B-29 Superfortress bomber, an aircraft that helped change the course of World War II in the Pacific, this fall will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its first flight in 1942, Boeing Defense & Space Group said today.
 Military units, builders of the sleek, silver aircraft and admirers of the airborne arsenal will gather in Seattle Aug. 14, 15 and 16 for a celebration at Boeing Field-King County Airport and the Museum of Flight.
 A vintage Superfortress named "Fifi," the only remaining flightworthy B-29, is planned to be on display during the three-day celebration. Other vintage World War II aircraft also will be on view.
 Seattle-based aircraft manufacturer Boeing designed and built the vast majority of the 3,970 B-29s, from the bomber's rollout in 1942 until its retirement two decades later. Superfortresses rolled from wartime assembly lines in Wichita, Kan., Renton, Wash., Omaha, Neb., and Marietta, Ga.
 The bomber flew countless lonely missions over China, Burma and India, as well as vast stretches of the Pacific to targets in Japan and helped turn the tide with its powerful arsenal and reliable durability. It also saw duty during the Korean Conflict in the early 1950s, serving as the U.S. Air Force's interim bomber until jet aircraft were introduced.
 The Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) is sponsor of the three-day event in association with the Museum of Flight and the Boeing Management Association. For more information about the celebration, call Karl Croswhite, B-29 50th Anniversary Committee co-chairman, at 206-657-8232.
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 NOTE TO EDITORS: Photos of the B-29 are available upon request from Bob Smith of Boeing Defense & Space.
 /CONTACT: Bob Smith of Boeing Defense & Space Group, 206-773-0983/
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