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Falling From The Sky


December 26, 2018

I have told stories of the many training flights at early Peterson Airfield. Today is just a bit different, because these were some of the Air Force's biggest bombers of the time.

A big B-29 bomber was en route to California in October, 1948. It was flying from a big air base in Eastern Kansas. Over Limon the aircraft lost an engine. A diversion to Peterson Field was needed, however, as the aircraft turned over Falcon a second engine failed. On approach to the field it suddenly dropped from the sky. It crashed near the Banning Lewis Ranch headquarters, near US 24. As it crashed it set fire...

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