“We are really allowing people to come out and take a step back in history,” Oliver said. “There are a lot of museums out there, but we feel the best way to experience these aircraft is to see them in their natural element.”
The B-29 was ahead of its time. It was the first pressurized bomber, which allowed it to fly at high altitude above enemy fighters and anti-aircraft guns without forcing crew members to breath through oxygen masks. It had remote-controlled gun turrets with centralized command and an unrivaled bomb capacity.
At the end of the war, it was the only bomber capable of carrying the atomic bomb.
Dave Reid, 81, of Oklahoma City, chatted with several of the B-29's aircrew Tuesday afternoon after they landed. He was a teenager when the B-29 nicknamed Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, helping to bring about the end of World War II.
“I used to keep up with these planes when I was a kid,” Reid said. “I've always loved the P-51 Mustang and that B-29. Since this is only one in the world left that's flying, I thought I should see it.”