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Boeing B-29 'Superfortress'

Description
  Manufacturer:Boeing


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  Base model:B-29
  Designation:B-29
  Nickname:Superfortress
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1924-Present
  Basic role:Bomber
 
 
 
 

Specifications
  Length: 99' 0" 30.1 m
  Height:27' 9" 8.4 m
  Wingspan: 141' 3" 43.0 m
  Wingarea: 1,739.0 sq ft 161.5 sq m
  Empty Weight: 69,610 lb 31,569 kg
  Gross Weight: 140,000 lb 63,492 kg
  Max Weight: 141,100 lb 63,990 kg

Propulsion
  No. of Engines: 4
  Powerplant: Wright R-3350-23
  Horsepower (each): 2200

Performance
  Range: 5,830 miles 9,388 km
  Cruise Speed: 220 mph 354 km/h 191 kt
  Max Speed: 365 mph 587 km/h 317 kt
  Ceiling: 31,850 ft 9,707 m

History
DateSubjectEvent
1943/06/01United States Army Air Force,
The USAAF's 58th Heavy Bombardment Wing was established. This wing was equipped with Boeing B-29 superfortresses for strategic attack on Japan.
1944/06/1547 B-29s bombed the imperial iron and steel works at Yawata Japan.
1945/11/20A new non-stop distance record of 7,916 miles was set by B-29 bomber "Pacusan Dreamboat" after flying from the island of Guam to Washington DC.
1954/11/01The last B-29 in front-line service, based at Kadena, was retired. The B-29s were replaced by the B-47.

Known serial numbers
42-6205 / 42-6221, 42-6222, 42-6223, 42-6224, 42-6225 / 42-6228, 42-6229 / 42-6232, 42-6233 , 42-6234 , 42-6235 , 42-6236 , 42-6237 , 42-6238 / 42-6242 , 42-6243 , 42-6244 / 42-6254 , 42-6255 / 42-6304 , 42-6305 / 42-6354 , 42-6355 / 42-6404 , 42-6405 / 42-6454 , 42-24420 / 42-24469 , 42-24470 / 42-24519 , 42-24520 / 42-24569 , 42-24570 / 42-24669 , 42-24670 / 42-24769 , 42-24770 / 42-24869 , 42-24870 / 42-24919 , 42-63352 / 42-63365 , 42-63366 / 42-63381 , 42-63382 / 42-63401 , 42-63402 / 42-63451 , 42-63452 / 42-63501 , 42-63502 / 42-63551 , 42-63552 / 42-63580 , 42-63737 , 42-63744 , 42-63750 , 42-65202 / 42-65204 , 42-65205 / 42-65211 , 42-65212 / 42-65219 , 42-65220 / 42-65235 , 42-65236 / 42-65263 , 42-65264 / 42-65313 , 42-65315 / 42-65383 , 42-65384 / 42-65401 , 44-27259 / 44-27325 , 44-27326 / 44-27358 , 44-62329 / 44-62909 , 44-69655 / 44-69704 , 44-69705 / 44-69804 , 44-69805 / 44-69904 , 44-69905 / 44-70004 , 44-70005 / 44-70104 , 44-70105 / 44-70154 , 44-75027 / 44-76026 , 44-83894 , 44-83900 , 44-83904 , 44-83908 , 44-83911 , 44-83914 , 44-83917 , 44-83920 , 44-83923 , 44-83926 , 44-83928 , 44-83930 , 44-83932 , 44-83934 , 44-83936 , 44-83938 , 44-83940 , 44-83945 , 44-83947 , 44-83949 , 44-83951 , 44-83953 , 44-83955 , 44-83957 , 44-83960 , 44-83962 , 44-83964 , 44-83966 , 44-83968 , 44-83970 , 44-83972 , 44-83974 , 44-83976 , 44-83978 , 44-83980 , 44-83982 , 44-83984 , 44-83986 , 44-83988 , 44-83990 , 44-83992 , 44-83994 , 44-83996 , 44-83998 , 44-84000 , 44-84002 , 44-84004 , 44-84006 , 44-84008 , 44-84010 , 44-84012 , 44-84014 , 44-84016 , 44-84018 , 44-84020 , 44-84022 , 44-84024 , 44-84026 , 44-84028 , 44-84030 , 44-84032 , 44-84034 , 44-84036 , 44-84038 , 44-84040 , 44-84042 , 44-84044 , 44-84046 , 44-84048 , 44-84050 , 44-84052 , 44-84054 , 44-84056 , 44-84058 , 44-84060 , 44-84062 , 44-84064 , 44-84066 , 44-84068 , 44-84070 , 44-84072 , 44-84074 , 44-84076 , 44-84078 , 44-84080 , 44-84082 , 44-84084 , 44-84086 , 44-84088 , 44-84090 , 44-84092 , 44-84094 , 44-84096 , 44-84098 , 44-84100 , 44-84102 , 44-84104 , 44-84106 , 44-84108 , 44-84110 , 44-84112 , 44-84114 , 44-84116 , 44-84118 , 44-84120 , 44-84122 , 44-84124 , 44-84126 , 44-84128 , 44-84130 , 44-84132 , 44-84134 , 44-84136 , 44-84138 , 44-84140 , 44-84142 , 44-84144 , 44-84146 , 44-84148 , 44-84150 , 44-84152 , 44-84154 , 44-84156 , 44-86242 / 44-86276 , 44-86277 / 44-86315 , 44-86316 / 44-86370 , 44-86371 / 44-86425 , 44-86426 / 44-86473 , 44-87584 / 44-87633 , 44-87634 / 44-87683 , 44-87684 / 44-87733 , 44-87734 / 44-87783

Examples of this type may be found at
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Eighth Air Force MuseumBarksdale AFBLouisiana
Fred E. Weisbrod Museum / International B-24 MuseumPuebloColorado
Hill Aerospace MuseumHill AFBUtah
Museum of FlightSeattleWashington
Pima Air & Space MuseumTucsonArizona
South Dakota Air and Space MuseumEllsworth AFBSouth Dakota
Tinker AFB Air ParkTinker AFBOklahoma
Travis Air Force MuseumTravis AFBCalifornia
United States Air Force MuseumWright-PattersonOhio

B-29 on display

Eighth Air Force Museum

Fred E. Weisbrod Museum / International B-24 Museum

Pima Air & Space Museum

South Dakota Air and Space Museum

Tinker AFB Air Park

Travis Air Force Museum

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Recent comments by our visitors
 Chuck Brewer
 jackjon, TN
Went to acft.& Eng.Training @ Sheppard AFB Base. in 1952 After completing school went to radolph AFB as B29 flt. line mechanic then shipped to Kinley AFB Bermuda in Oct 1953 thru Oct 1955.At that I completed my tour.
After that I hired on with Hayes acft corp in B'ham Ala. as acft Mechanic to work on the KB50j project & helped convert about 110 B50 acft to KB50j Over to tankers for three point refuler & after that I went with FAA as an air traffid controller & stayed there until I retired in 1987.
01/25/2016 @ 14:32 [ref: 69448]
 Erik Perry
 , CA
Greg I am very sorry that I have not gotten back to you. I just stumbeled on the sight again. My grandfather is still alive and i will ask him about your dad but his memory is really bad.
04/20/2012 @ 10:40 [ref: 56015]
 SFC (Ret) Jerry Caruthers
 Kingsport, TN
I submitted B-29 photos taken by my father Cpl/T-4 Loyd B. Caruthers, 014- Automotive Equipment Mechanic; Born: 12/02/1921-Died: 04/1992. He was stationed in Chakulia, India and Tinian. Hopefully someone can tell me more about the Aircraft which might help me put together the pieces of my fatherís tour of duty.

He never talked much about his experience overseas or put any notations on the photos. The only thing he mostly talked about was the G-DAM Liberty boat they had to take everywhere, and a Luetinante (LT) Terry that he hated. Dad did tell me what couldnít be flown had to be transported by ship and that he and his peers had to load and unload everything on the ships.

He also told me about throwing duffle bags into the cargo hold and one almost landed on LT. Terry. Terry looked up at him and said better luck next time Corporal, and then put him on report for the incident. My mom kept a change of address card that reads 1st Bomb Maint Sqdn, 40th Bomb Group, APO 9589, c/o Postmaster NY.NY. I also have other historical 40th BG documents that I would like share.
12/27/2011 @ 10:41 [ref: 51611]
 Tom Philips
 Arlee, MT
This is to James E. Kirchner Jr.
KENOSHA, WI who asked a question about the Honshu Hawk. My day was the navigator. I have his scrapbook and some photos. I'd love to see your photos.

11/20/2010 @ 14:11 [ref: 33320]
 Paul Sheldon
 , AZ
My father, Carlton Sheldon was part of operation Matterhorn. He was with the XX Bomber Command and was stationed both in Kharagpur India and later Chengtu China.
I believe he was with the 468th Bombardment Group.
After he died my mother gave me some of his effects; in these was a photo negative of a B-29 bomber. I scanned this and reversed it into a positive image.
I apologize for misspelling "operation" when I uploaded the photo to this site (hopefully the webmaster here can correct that.)
If anyone has any information about my father's war time activities or the B-29 S/N PDI 470154 please contact me.

04/21/2010 @ 18:20 [ref: 26053]
 James E. Kirchner Jr.
 KENOSHA, WI
My father,sgt. James E Kirchner, was r-gunner on T sq 45 HONSHU HAWK 42-63444. Any further info would be appriciated.I have photos of aircraft and what seems to be crew members or just friends.
01/17/2010 @ 18:54 [ref: 25593]
 Sarah
 Plainwell, MI
I am looking for information on "Starduster" B29 serial number 42-6305. My grandfather, Thomas Carver was the navigator
08/14/2009 @ 18:07 [ref: 24338]
 john hopfer
 APO AE, NY
I was stationed at Grandview AFB,Mo. in early to mid 1950s where I was an ECM operator on B-25 aircraft.
We transferred to Hill AFB, Utah, and shortly thereafter the B-25s were replaced with B-29s. What a difference. The B-29 was so quiet and smooth compared to B-25s which were cold and noisy. I was young and foolish then and enjoyed every minute in both aircraft.
03/13/2009 @ 12:01 [ref: 23936]
 Paul D. Harvey
 Clinton, UT
One of the models of the Superfortress sitting at the Hill Air Museum in Utah was found at Wendover, Utah before refurbishing for display. This particular plane was part of the bomber group that tested for the eventual bomb run over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. I remember the Circle-R on the rudder when it was brought to Hill Air Force Base. The plane is displayed with guns, but was not orginally fitted with fire power because of its role in the War. Any corrections?
02/16/2009 @ 14:26 [ref: 23740]
 william newell
 knightdale, NC
My father was a gunner on the first flight into morocco sometime around 1950-51, I am trying to find some info on his plane for a project I am doing for his upcoming 80th birthday, the call numbers on his plane were 43715, but I am not finding any serial numbers for this. I am figuring that his plane may have been manufactured after '44? Is there anyone who can help me. He and his crew were actually featured in Life magazine for being the first bomber to land in Morocco, they were on standby for Korea. I would love to find a copy of that magazine if anyone knows of it or has a copy.
01/23/2009 @ 13:09 [ref: 23542]

 

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