|View of the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar floor from the visitor overlook. Taken during the 2014 Hazy Open House (hence, the visitors on the shop floor). NASM 2014-00195|
Flak-Bait was the first Allied bomber in the European Theater of WWII to complete 200 missions. It was transferred to the National Air and Space Museum in 1949 but it did not come to DC until 1960. When the Museum building opened in 1976, the forward fuselage section was a highlight in the World War II gallery. The entire airplane has never been exhibited intact. In fact, the forward fuselage section had never left the World War II Gallery and was already in place when the overhead walkway was built. Questions abounded. Could Flak-Bait go back under the walkway? Would Flak-Bait even fit into the freight elevator all the way at the other end of the Museum?!
|Flak-Bait leads other Martin-B-236 Marauders of the 332nd Bombardment Group over Belgium to Magdeburg, Germany, on 17 April 1945. This was Flak-Bait's 200th mission. NASM A-42346|
|A life-size cutout of the B-26B Marauder Flak-Bait on the floor of the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar. Green tape marks represent the dimensions of the freight elevator on the Mall. NASM 2014-02801|
|Starting out in the WWII Gallery. Flak-Bait on the left. Flat-Bait on the right. NASM 2014-03656|
|Taking Flat-Bait for a walk. NASM 2014-03657|
|Flat-Bait fits! NASM 2014-03665|
|The real Flak-Bait enters the freight elevator. NASM 2014-03304|
|Hangar Sweet Hangar!! NASM 2014-03788|
We in the Archives can’t wait to see what else we will discover in our collections to help!!
Elizabeth C. Borja, Archivist
National Air and Space Museum Archives