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Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Technical Information

Background
During WWII it was used only in the Pacific by the 20th Air Force against the Japanese. It was a very advanced bomber for it's day, with pressurized crew compartments and remote-controlled gun turrets.

While envisioned as a high altitude daylight bomber, it's greatest successes were low-level nighttime raids dropping incendiary bombs on the combustible Japanese cities. The B-29 "Enola Gay" 44-86292 and B-29 "Bockscar" 44-27297 are famous for dropping the A-bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which ended the war.

After the war it became the main means of intended delivery for nuclear bombs. B-29s were also used during in the Korean War.

Production
Built by Boeing, also Martin in Omaha, Nebraska (production "MO") and Bell-Atlantic (production "BA").

WB-29
Modified for weather reconnaissance mission. These bombers had a observation position above the central fuselage. They conducted weather an nuclear weapon test air sampling tests and data collection.

RB-29
Modified for photographic reconnaissance.

KB-29 Tanker
Postwar, the USAF converted some B-29s into a fuel tanker version, KB-29M and KB-29P.

Technical Details
Crew  Ten or more (pilot, co-pilot, bombardier, navigator, engineer, radio, CFC gunner, waist gunners, tail gunner, radar)
Engine  4 x 1600kW Wright R-3350-23 turbofan engines
Span  141'
Length  99'
Height  3.86m
Maximum Speed 357 mph at 31,856'
Range  2,823 miles
Armament  12 x .50 cal. MG, four each in the top turrets and two each in the belly turrets also 20mm cannon in tail
Bombload  20,000 pounds of bombs
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