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B-29 Superfortress
Specifications | Achievements | Photos


B-29 Superfortress
Photo courtesy Bud Norris



B-29 Superfortress Specifications
Primary Function: Bomber
Contractor: Boeing
Crew: 10 crew
Unit Cost: $639,000
Powerplant
  Four 2,200-horsepower Wright Double Cyclone engines
Dimensions
Length: 99 feet
Wingspan: 141 feet 3 inches
Height: 27 feet 9 inches
Weights
Empty: 69,610 lb
Maximum Takeoff: 105,000 pounds (140,000 pounds postwar) -- gross
Performance
Speed: 365 mph (mach 0.55)
Ceiling: 31,850 feet
Range: 5,830 miles
Armament
  Eight .50-cal. machine guns in remote controlled turrets plus two .50-cal. machine guns and one 20mm cannon in tail; 20,000 lbs. of bombs.
Service Life
First Flight: September 21, 1942 (B-29)
End of Service: 1960
Number Built: [3,970 total]


B-29 Superfortress Achievements
  • The B-29 was the heaviest production plane because of increases in range, bomb load and defensive requirements.
  • The B-29 Enola Gay dropped the world's first atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
  • B-29 Bockscar dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki


B-29 Superfortress Photos
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Photo courtesy Bud Norris
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