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What's the Deal with the Mummy Airplane at Seattle's Museum of Flight

January 15, 2013 at 4:16 PM | by | ()

This is the ghost of airplanes past. For real, though, this is a B-29 Bomber from World War II that's been literally kept under wraps for over a year, sitting between the parking lot of Seattle's Museum of Flight and the runways at Boeing Field.

Anyone who lives near a seasonal body of water (the Great Lakes, for example) has surely seen shrink-wrapped boats being transported or stored away for the winter. The same industrial wrap comes in handy for aircraft; just Google Image search "shrink-wrap airplane" to see shots like this, of bound-up Blackhawk helicopters on a barge.

But back to the Bomber.

This particular historical plane arrived to the Museum of Flight in December 2011 after having been 90% restored by aviation buffs. According to an old article from KiroTV, it hasn't been on display since 2003 and there's still no set date for when it'll be set free from its mummified state, though it's likely we can bet that'll happen when the Museum has inside space to house it or they complete a $300 million expansion project.

Wanna have a look at it? Just park next to it in the lot at the Museum of Flight. You can't miss her.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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