Aircraft - B-29 (USA)
Known as the Superfortress, the B-29 bomber was
extremely useful in the war against Japan.
By 1944 B-29's were being used to bomb the main
islands of Japan. The first night fire
bombing attack in March 9, 1945 caused more
casualties than either of the atomic bombs.
They were also used to drop mines in the waters
around Japan to cripple Japan's shipping, and
eventually to drop the atomic bombs.
By the 1950's the B-29 bombers were being
replaced by there larger B-36 bombers. The
WADC used them as experimental aircraft.
B-29 (at left) Compared to the next generation
bomber, the XB-36.
Specifications of the B-29
Type - 4 Engine Bomber
Power Plant - Four
2,200-horsepower Wright Double Cyclone engines
Dimensions - Span
141 ft. 3 in., Length 99 feet, Height 29 ft. 7
in., Wing Area 1736 sq. ft.
Armament - 12
.50-caliber machine guns, 1 20 mm cannon,
20,000-pound bomb load
Crew - 10
Weight - Empty
70,140 lbs. Max. 124,000 lb. Fuel 5,638-8198
Top Speed 358 mph at 25,000 ft. Cruising
230 mph, Landing 105 mph. Service Ceiling 31,850
ft. Range 3,250 miles/20,000 lbs bombs, 5,600
Production Run -
4,221 B-29's were made from four different
Source: American Combat
Planes by Ray Wagner, 1960