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44-70113 B-29-80-BW


On outdoor display at the main gate of Dobbins ARB, Georgia.

  • Name on aircraft is not original.
  • This aircraft was originally named "Marilyn Gay" during WWII.
  • It was renamed "Hoof Hearted" after the war during it's service in England. The B-29 Superfortress Association named the aircraft "Sweet Eloise" in a ceremony in the 1990's.
  • Originally stationed in Saipan with the 73rd BW, 500BG, 883rd BS. Shot down 3 fighters and possibly 3 more.Flew 27 combat missions and 5 POW missions.
  • Sent to Aberdeen Proving Grounds in 1956.
  • Recovered in 1973 and moved in pieces to the now defunct Florence Air and Missile Museum in South Carolina.
  • Aircraft was left in the open disassembled until 1989.
  • After reassembly, while aircraft was being towed to its display spot, the fuselage split at two seams and collapsed.
  • The museum hadn't properly bolted the fuselage sections together and the plane could not stand the strain.
  • The aircraft was abandoned where it fell.
  • Further damage was caused by Hurricane Hugo.
  • The nose section was rolled onto its side.
  • The aircraft lay derelict until obtained by the B-29 Superfortress Association at Dobbins ARB.
  • This group had formed with the intention of getting and displaying a B-29 at Dobbins ARB.
  • After failing to get "Enola Gay" from the Smithsonian (and several other B-29's),

they were able to obtain the Florence aircraft.

  • The components were removed and sent to various vo-tech schools for restoration.
  • Restoration was conducted between 1994-1996.

The aircraft is now on display at the main entrance to Dobbins ARB and illuminated at night.

  • Cosmetic restoration only. Nothing was attempted on the interior.

The nose glass is an aluminum fake. The side blisters are from a Burger King children's play area. Gun turrets are fake with plastic pipe for guns. Missing hatches were plated over. Entire aircraft is painted gray/white.

  • The name and nose art was never carried by this aircraft, although it does have the number and tail code it wore in WWII.
  • This aircraft was a lead ship, yet the dorsal stripe was not applied.

Outdoor display.