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Boeing B-29 "Superfortress"

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Boeing B-29 Superfortress

The B-29 design began early in 1940 in response to specifications for a high-altitude long-range “superbomber” to replace the B-17 and B-24 bombers. The Boeing XB-29 prototype first flew in September 1942. Part of the advanced design featured a fuselage divided into three pressurized compartments. The nose and back midsection were connected by a tunnel, and the tail gunner area was a separate pressurized compartment. Another feature included the installation of a remote control fire system directing the gun turrets from scanner stations.cursus.

All B-29s were assigned to the 20th Air Force that originally started in the China-Burma-India theatre. Later final bombing operations were carried out from captured islands of the Marianas in the Pacific. World War II ended with the dropping of the first atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. By 1950, the B-29s were recalled for combat service during the Korean War. During the post-war period, some flew with the Royal Air Force out of England. Both China and Russia produced exact copies called TU-4s.

This WB-29A (Serial # 44-62220) is painted to represent the first B-29 (Serial # 42-24614) to land on Saipan on October 12, 1944, while assigned to the 873rd Bomb Squadron, 498th Bomb Group, 73rd Bomb Wing.

TECHNICAL NOTES:

Wingspan: 141 ft. 3 in.
Length: 99 ft.
Height: 27 ft. 9 in.
Weight Empty: 69,610 lb
Engines: Four Wright R-3350-23 (2,200 hp)
Maximum Speed: 375 mph
Armament: Twelve .50 cal. machine guns / One 20mm cannon
Bomb Load: 20,000 lb
Crew: Eleven
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