Fallout in real life - B-29 at the bottom of Lake Mead
In Fallout New Vegas you’re tasked with recovering a B-29 at the bottom of Lake Mead for the Boomers who use it to rebuild another one they have so they can fly over at the end battle and bomb Hoover Dam.
So is there any truth to this or is it just a fabrication of the game?
Well… yes it’s actually true that there is a B-29 at the bottom of Lake Mead.
The B-29 that came to rest at the bottom of Lake Mead was being used as a test bed for experimental sensors for a new atmospheric project. After descending to just over 300 feet above the water’s surface something went wrong and the bomber went lower then struck the surface. It skipped over the water and three of the four engines were destroyed. The Captain pulled up to about 250 feet then it dropped into the water. All the crew survived and were on life rafts in the lake for six hours.
In 2007 the crash site was opened to diving and then closed again in 2009. It was reopened in 2015 and is one of those relics in lakes that has an interesting past.
The bomber itself had been stripped of any arms prior to functioning as a test platform but it still sits at the bottom of Lake Mead being something you can dive down to and explore.