Boeing B-29 (Superfortress)

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General characteristics
  • Crew: 11 (Pilot, Co-pilot, Bombardier, Flight Engineer, Navigator, Radio Operator, Radar Observer, Right Gunner, Left Gunner, Central Fire Control, Tail Gunner)
  • Length: 99 ft 0 in (30.18 m)
  • Wingspan: 141 ft 3 in (43.06 m)
  • Height: 27 ft 9 in (8.45 m)
  • Wing area: 1,736 sq ft (161.3 m²)
  • Aspect ratio: 11.50:1
  • Empty weight: 74,500 lb (33,800 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 120,000 lb (54,000 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 133,500 lb (60,560 kg) ; 135,000 lb plus combat load
  • Powerplant: 4 × Wright R-3350 -23 and 23A Duplex-Cyclone turbosupercharged radial engines, 2,200 hp (1,640 kW) each
  • Zero-lift drag coefficient: 0.0241
  • Drag area: 41.16 ft² (3.82 m²)
Performance
  • Maximum speed: 357 mph (310 knots, 574 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 220 mph (190 knots, 350 km/h)
  • Stall speed: 105 mph (91 knots, 170 km/h)
  • Range: 3,250 mi (2,820 nmi, 5,230 km)
  • Ferry range: 5,600 mi (4,900 nmi, 9,000 km,[80])
  • Service ceiling: 31850 ft [26] (9,710 m)
  • Rate of climb: 900 ft/min (4.6 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 69.12 lb/sqft (337 kg/m²)
  • Power/mass: 0.073 hp/lb (121 W/kg)
  • Lift-to-drag ratio: 16.8
Armament

  • Guns:
    • 8 or 10× .50 in (12.7 mm) Browning M2/ANs in remote-controlled turrets. (omitted from Silverplate B-29s)
    • 2× .50 BMG and 1× 20 mm M2 cannon in tail position (the cannon was later removed)[N 11]
  • Bombs: 20,000 lb (9,000 kg) standard loadout.


The Following is a picture of my Dad in front of his B-29 'Sllim II' stationed in Guam Dec 1944- June 1946... He was the Group's Radar Officer (Top Row on Left... Capt. Wigo E Brandt)

 

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Fun Fact: Dauntless Dotty (pictured two posts above) was flown by none other than then MAJ Robert Morgan, the same guy who was the pilot of the Memphis Belle. Upon completing his 25 missions in the ETO, he flew around the US in the Belle as part of a war bond tour. After that, he did a second tour in the PTO where he led the first mission of the XXI Bomber Command over Japan and also participated in the first low level firebombing mission on Japan (both in Dotty). I actually got to meet him back when I was a high schooler in 1999. Really cool guy who definitely led an interesting life.
 

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B29 "Lady of the Lake", on Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska. Not crashed, supposedly was dragged to the its watery resting place in the 1950s. It was stripped and put in place to train aircraft evacuation then it sank and was left in place.

 
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