On July 21, 1948, the bomber crashed into Lake Mead. Magazine articles written about the event, photographs, and a map of the area were compiled and cataloged at Nellis Air Force Base. In the early 2230s, vault dwellers that would later refer to themselves as the Boomers occupied the base and discovered the information.
The Boomers wish to raise the airplane out of the water, move it back to Nellis, and return it to operational condition. They disassembled another B-29 in a museum for spare parts, and awaited the day when they would raise the plane from the water and ascend to the skies.
During the quest Volare! the Boomers request the Courier float the bomber up to the surface of the lake, using two ballasts provided by Loyal. The ballasts must be placed between the engines under each wing. After floating it up to the surface, Loyal sends robots to disassemble it and bring it back to Nellis hangars. Once taken to the hangar, it can be seen being re-assembled and restored by the Boomers.
- Ranger Lineholm at Ranger Station Alpha refers to the plane as a local myth.
- After raising the B-29, Radio New Vegas will feature a bit about locals having seen a large "object or creature" surfacing on Lake Mead, and that it has been dubbed "The Lake Mead Monster."
- The B-29 can be seen in the quests Eureka!, No Gods, No Masters, All or Nothing, Veni, Vidi, Vici and Volare!. In All or Nothing, it can be seen sweeping through the sky and dropping bombs on Caesar's Legion or the NCR.
- After the plane has been reassembled in the Nellis hangar, a new piece of artwork can be seen on the fuselage near the cockpit. It depicts Pearl in her younger days wearing a Vault 34 jumpsuit with a background shaped like a Vault door, and is drawn in typical 1950s pin-up style.
The crashed B-29 appears only in Fallout: New Vegas.
Behind the scenes
- The crashed B-29 is a real world crash site, referencing a Boeing B-29 crashing into Lake Mead on July 21, 1948 - the same date in-game and in real life.
- The "Circle A" tail code corresponds to the 106th Rescue Wing, based at March Air Force Base from 1951-1952.