The New England Air Museum is proud of its aircraft and engine restoration work. The Museum’s restoration volunteers take their work quite seriously, and in our estimate the quality of our work is second to none.
The B-29 Superfortress “Jack’s Hack” typifies the effort that goes into the work that we do. We believe that this aircraft is one of the best if not the best example of the world’s surviving B-29’s.
The New England Air Museum's Boeing B-29A Superfortress is a product of the Boeing Plant in Renton, Washington and was assigned the AAF serial number 44-61975. Although delivered too late to be assigned to an overseas unit during World War II, it did serve with training units until 1949. During the early 1950s, it flew out of the United Kingdom and Libya. It was then put into storage until 1956. The last flight made by 44-61975 was to the U.S. Army Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Maryland, where it was scheduled to be used for target practice. Lucky for us it was never shot at since there are less than 30 B-29s left in the United States.
The B-29 was acquired by the Museum from the Army Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Maryland. In 1979 the aircraft was damaged during a tornado. The number four engine and the left wing spar were damaged. The engine was replaced and the wing repaired.
The B-29 restoration began about twenty years later, when it was moved into the Restoration Hangar. Between 1998 to 2003 the engines were removed, disassembled, reassembled, the aft and tail section cleaned and restored. The instrument panels, seats and tail gunners section and the engine nacelle accessories were removed and cleaned. The propellers were sent to Hamilton Sundstrand for overhaul.
In 2003 the B-29 was moved to the 58th Bomb Wing Hangar. The engines, propellers, wing and tail section were attached. Between 2003 and 2008 the forward and aft pressurized sections, wiring, insulation and components were removed. New insulation was installed, floors and panels painted. The wiring was cleaned and installed. A new oxygen system was installed. New navigator cabinet and table, the radio operator's table and tunnel ladder were fabricated. The flight crew seats and instruments panels were installed. All the radio equipment and antennas were also installed. Work continued on fabrication of both upper turrets' well assemblies. Much of the interior component sections were installed.
The aircraft now about 98% complete! The gun turret wells are completed and the aft turret assembly was installed, as well as a drift meter. The air line to the forward bomb bay door compression was fabricated. Lighting was installed above the radio operator's table, and work lighting was installed from the nose section to the APU station. Heating suit rheostats and communication boxes throughout the aircraft have been wired, as well as radio equipment. Damaged hose was replaced and all tubing has been color-coded. LORAN support housing was fabricated and new aileron control cables were installed in the aft bomb bay. There is an R-3350-23 engine on display next to the aircraft and it too has been safety wired.
We are looking for the following parts: A fwd four gun upper turret, two G1 oxygen cylinders, engine fire extinguisher system, a rear bomb bay door compressor assembly, and an azmuth control box for the radar operator's station. Please contact us at if you can help us source any of these materials.
Ever since the relationship began between the 58th Bomb Wing Association and the New England Air Museum there had been much interest in the markings that would be applied to the B-29A. The 58th Leadership and the Museum staff established the following criteria:
Every airplane that the 58th flew during WW II was researched. It was determined that the 58th flew 64 B-29As, and only 35 had names applied to the nose. Photographs of these 35 airplanes were requested from all four Bomb Groups. Photographs of 12 of 35 airplanes were obtained -- and -- after applying the above criteria the one standout was "JACK'S HACK" of the 468th Bomb Group.