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IT'S HAWG WILD (44-61748)

BN Boeing-Renton

44-61748 B-29A-45-BN

  • Aircraft assigned to the 371st Bombardment Squadron, 307th Bomb Group, 307th Bomb Wing at Kadena AB, Okinawa in March 1952.
  • Flew 105 combat missions over North Korea carrying the name "It's Hawg Wild" before the Korean armistice agreement was signed in July 1953.
  • Sent to Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California as a target in November 1956.
  • Donated to the Imperial War Museum by the US Navy in 1979.
  • Recovered from China Lake on November 16, 1979 after being made flyable and flown to Tucson, Arizona for further restoration by Aero Services.
  • On February 16, 1980, the aircraft was flown to Flint, Michigan.
  • On March 2, 1980, the aircraft arrived at Duxford via Loring Air Force Base, Maine; Gander, Newfoundland; Sondestrom Fjord, Greenland; Keflavik, Iceland; and Mildenhall, UK.
  • Severe corrosion was found in the bomb bay area requiring extensive repairs.
  • Exterior was eventually repainted in its wartime color scheme and the aircraft was fully restored.
  • On permanent indoor display at the American Air Museum, Imperial War Museum, Duxford, England.