A solid silver model of a B-29 Superfortress. 1956
A solid silver B-29 mounted on a central tapered column, the base with a silver name plaque 'Lt Col. John A Steele. From the Officers and Airmen. 421st Air refuelling Sqdn. Yokota Japan 1953-56.' Overall length 11.5 in., wingspan 16.75in.
Exhibited: The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, New York, 1995-2007
Provenance: The War Museum
Lt Col John Steele was the last of the original 449th Squadron commanders. He pioneered the probe and drogue refueling system, now used by all services. He also served with distinction in Korea. After his military service he joined Pan Am as a flight instructor. He died in 2008.
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