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A four-engine heavy bomber produced by Boeing from 1942 through 1946; one of the last and biggest piston-engined bombers ever produced.

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How effective was the computer-controlled gunnery on the B29?

The Boeing B29 Superfortress was equipped with multiple gun turrets which were linked to a central computerised fire control system. This training film covers the gunner's control interface, which ...
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Did the jet stream really stop the B-29, or was it just bad luck?

The B-29 bomber, used in WWII, was designed as a high altitude bomber, capable of operating from altitudes in excess of 30,000 feet. However, starting with their first missions to Tokyo in Nov 1944, ...
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Could Sudden Decompression Cause You to be Shot Out of the Tunnel on a B-29?

One of the features of the WWII B-29 bomber was that it was pressurized. The aircraft had pressurized areas in the front and the back of the aircraft. Connecting the two was a pressurized tunnel over ...
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Did LeMay actually require crews to remove their guns on B-29s?

There is a persistent rumour/storyline that, during and after the successful low-level raids on Tokyo in March 1945, LeMay ordered that all B-29s remove their guns, except for the tail gun. However, I ...
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What is the indicated device under the tail of this B-29?

Was lucky enough to have the B-29 "Doc" flying over the house this weekend. What's the mechanism under the tail indicated by the red arrow? Tail-strike preventer? I did some searching and ...
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Why does the B-29 have eight oil needles?

In the image above, quiet flyer and I realized that there are 2 needles in every oil gauge, and there are 4 oil gauges. Well, why in the world are there 8 needles in total? And the optimal range arcs ...
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How and why can multiple people control the Boeing B-29?

I am making a down-to-the-1/128th-inch (literally, to the 1/128th inch) model of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress in SketchUp. Starting from zero, I had to make the entire plane up, and to be honest it ...
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Why would a B-29 consume more fuel at 17 kft than at 9 kft?

According to Wikipedia, one of the factors which almost caused B-29 44-27297 (Bockscar) to run out of fuel and crash at the end of its 9 August 1945 strike mission was the selection of an excessively ...
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How could the B-29 bomber back up under its own power?

I was watching some footage of the Enola gay I was interested in the part where the plane was backing up over the bomb (starts around 18:27). It appears to be doing ...
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Why did the B-29 have so much leftward torque at take-off?

In this book, The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes (p. 705), I read: [Paul Tibbets] eased the brakes [of Enola Gay] at 0245, the four fuel-injected Wright Cyclone engines pounding. “The ...
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