California veteran, 95, gets final B-29 mission

Jack Keane, a retired lieutenant-colonel, ever piloted B-24’s and B-29’s as a member of the U. S. Army Air Corp and U. S. Army Air Forces during the second world War. Keene, 95 took part in 50 bombing missions and flew 100 missions to transport supplies over the Himalaya.

Despite his long cv, Keene got a chance to fly in a Boeing B-29 one last time on April 29, according to The Orange County Register.

95-year-old Irvine veteran will still get a mission on a B-29

— O. C. Register (@ocregister) 30 May 2017

As part of a fleet of World War II-era aircraft at the Commemorative Air Force AirPower History Tour, Keene flew with a Boeing B-29 Super called FIFI at the Camarillo Airport. FIFI, along with other remaining airworthy B-29, makes stops at airports in the country, as part of the tour.


Still, the flight was not exactly as Keene would have preferred, his grandson told the Register.

“He was very upset that he could not fly the plane,” Grant Keene said. “Also, the pilot told how much more (flying) hours had he than the man.”

The elder Keene received two Distinguished Unit Citations, and multiple Air Medals during his time in the service. In the B-29 allowed his family to catch a glimpse of his experience as a pilot.

“I’ve always appreciated machines and appliances and I always loved my grandfather,” Grant Keene said. “It was a way for me to live through his experiences.”

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