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The Crashed B-29 was a Boeing B-29 Superfortress flown by a crew of the 44th Bombardment Group that crashed on July 21, 1948, 129 years before the Great War and is now at the bottom of Lake Mead, right next to Lake Mead Cave.
During the quest Volare!, it is requested of you to float the bomber up to the surface of the lake, using two ballasts given to you by Loyal, which must be placed between the engines under each wing. After you float it up to the surface Loyal sends robots to disassemble it and bring it back to Nellis Hangars. Once back in the hangar the plane can be seen being worked on by Boomers.
- Ranger Lineholm, at Ranger station Alpha, refers to the plane as a local myth.
- After raising the B-29, Radio New Vegas will feature a bit about locals having seen a large "object or creature" surfacing on Lake Mead, and that it has been dubbed "The Lake Mead Monster".
- The B-29 can be seen in the quests Eureka!, No Gods, No Masters, All or Nothing when you get past the check point start looking up, it sweeps through the sky and drops bombs on Caesar's Legion or the New California Republic.
- After the plane has been reassembled in the Nellis hangar, a new piece of artwork can be seen on the fuselage near the cockpit. It depicts Pearl in her younger days wearing a Vault 34 jumpsuit with a background shaped like a Vault door, and is drawn in typical 1950s pin-up style. This artwork is similar to those which adorned US aircraft during and after World War II.
- Fast traveling to the bomber will spawn you on land at Callville Bay, in the vicinity of a group of cazadores. In addition to this, fast traveling to Callville Bay will land you at the Bitter Springs recreation area. If attempting to reach the plane by fast travel, it is easiest to travel to nearby Lake Mead cave, which will put you on top of the nearby sunken boat.
Crashed B-29 appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.
Behind the scenes
The crashed B-29 references an actual B-29 that crashed into Lake Mead in July 1948, although the B-29 in question had been modified for atmospheric research, and thus it was not an actual bomber aircraft.
44th Bombardment Group insignia on crashed B-29.