Xcorps Presents Korean War B-29 Sexy Nose Art
Xcorps Presents Korean War B-29 Sexy Nose Art
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Xcorps TV Presents Sexy Nose Art B-29 Korean War
John R.Edmondson and the 56th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron -- Korean War B-29 Sexy Color Nose Art!
By: J.Stuart Edmondson

This was a time just after WW2 and the A Bomb drop on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Things were tense in the world because Russia would soon have the H-bomb. It was also a time before satellites looked down on the earth to predict the weather and to spy on your enemies. Getting that information was somewhat dangerous to human life! To get that job done you had to put a crew of United States Air Force flyboys together in a Boeing RB-29/WB-29 Superfortress and send them on weather spy missions!

My father, Lt. J.R.Edmondson, was on assignment again 7 years after flying navigator in B-17s and B-24s in WW2. Now during the Korean ’conflict’ he was part the ’Fighting’ 56th Reconnaissance Squadron based out of Yokota Japan which was active for just one year from 1951-1952.

Lt. Edmondson took on very long cold missions in the weaponless planes looking for and flying into typhoons (hurricanes) to check the storms strength. One mission he said was so violent that the wind shear twisted the whole tail assembly of the B-29 off by 3 degrees! The plane had to be scrapped!

Spy missions sometimes went north out of Yakota toward the Russian frontier not only to test how well the ’Rooskis’ guarded their airspace but also to sniff the air via a "bug catcher" atmospheric sampler which was installed where the upper and lower gun turrets had been. This was a time when the U.S. and Russia testing A bombs in the atmosphere. The question at the time was if Russia had the much more powerful H Bomb. This question was answered on August 12, 1953 when specialized filters on the B-29 did collect radioactive fallout from Russia’s first hydrogen bomb test. News of this nuclear finding rocked the Air Staff and the world politically!

The 56th Reconnaissance Squadron Bomber Nose Art was bawdy beautiful and quite exceptional and though short-lived represented the very best in an all American Art form!
Lt. J.R.Edmondson was lucky enough to capture the images on 35mm Kodachrome slide film using a very high quality 35mm camera. A new squadron commanders wife had objected to the iconic artwork and the planes were soon ordered scrubbed clean. Just before that happened Lt.Edmondson walked the runway tarmac - stopping to shoot one slide frame of each B-29 with
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Xcorps TV Presents Sexy Nose Art B-29 Korean War
John R.Edmondson and the 56th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron -- Korean War B-29 Sexy Color Nose Art!
By: J.Stuart Edmondson

This was a time just after WW2 and the A Bomb drop on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Things were tense in the world because Russia would soon have the H-bomb. It was also a time before satellites looked down on the earth to predict the weather and to spy on your enemies. Getting that information was somewhat dangerous to human life! To get that job done you had to put a crew of United States Air Force flyboys together in a Boeing RB-29/WB-29 Superfortress and send them on weather spy missions!

My father, Lt. J.R.Edmondson, was on assignment again 7 years after flying navigator in B-17s and B-24s in WW2. Now during the Korean ’conflict’ he was part the ’Fighting’ 56th Reconnaissance Squadron based out of Yokota Japan which was active for just one year from 1951-1952.

Lt. Edmondson took on very long cold missions in the weaponless planes looking for and flying into typhoons (hurricanes) to check the storms strength. One mission he said was so violent that the wind shear twisted the whole tail assembly of the B-29 off by 3 degrees! The plane had to be scrapped!

Spy missions sometimes went north out of Yakota toward the Russian frontier not only to test how well the ’Rooskis’ guarded their airspace but also to sniff the air via a "bug catcher" atmospheric sampler which was installed where the upper and lower gun turrets had been. This was a time when the U.S. and Russia testing A bombs in the atmosphere. The question at the time was if Russia had the much more powerful H Bomb. This question was answered on August 12, 1953 when specialized filters on the B-29 did collect radioactive fallout from Russia’s first hydrogen bomb test. News of this nuclear finding rocked the Air Staff and the world politically!

The 56th Reconnaissance Squadron Bomber Nose Art was bawdy beautiful and quite exceptional and though short-lived represented the very best in an all American Art form!
Lt. J.R.Edmondson was lucky enough to capture the images on 35mm Kodachrome slide film using a very high quality 35mm camera. A new squadron commanders wife had objected to the iconic artwork and the planes were soon ordered scrubbed clean. Just before that happened Lt.Edmondson walked the runway tarmac - stopping to shoot one slide frame of each B-29 with
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