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July 1948, a B-29 Superfortress zips over the remote waters of Lake Mead. It’s a secret test mission for a missile guidance system. Except there's a problem: the pilots misjudge the altitude. The massive bomber plunges into the lake. The crew survives, but the plane is lost.

Nearly 70 years later, another crew waits on the shore not far from where that bomber went down, watching a much slower-moving disaster unfold: the historic drought in the Colorado River Basin. 

You can follow reading this excellent article titled "Drought Sheds New Light On WWII-Era Wreckage In Lake Mead", written by Will Stone.

The low water level in Lake Mead is making it easier to explore the underwater remains of a World War II bomber

(Photo courtesy of National Park Service)

Hidden Treasures at Lake Mead. The B-29 Superfortress Bomber crashed into Lake Mead July 21, 1948, while engaged in high-altitude atmospheric research. The crew of five survived the crash, but the plane was lost in the depths of the lake. It was discovered by local divers in August 2001. In June 2003, archeologists from the National Park Service Submerged Resources Center mapped and documented the wreck for management and educational purposes.


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