The Most Incredible Aircraft of All Time: B-29 Superfortress

   The B-29 was the largest american bomber to see action in World War II.  It was a late aircraft in the war,  introduced into the U.S. arsenal in 1944.  It was designed as a high altitude day-time bomber and was used mainly over Japan.  It was extremely advanced for its time.  It needed a huge number of people to design, build, test, and use the aircraft.  3,960 B-29s were made total.

   Building the Giant bomber requires new inventions in military aviation technology.  It was a very difficult task to complete.  The program started off rough with the first test flight ending in a crash killing the whole crew of 10 aswell as 20 others in a building that caught on fire after the crash.  The largest problem with the aircraft were the engines being very un reliable in the beginning of production.  Along with new issues such as pressurization, these things took more time to perfect than bombers in the past.

Flying the B-29 was a trip in itself.  The engines, as I said before, Were very faulty.  They would over heat very easily even though the aircraft was capable of flying on only two of its four engines at altitude.   The aircraft also had no control booster systems.  This is like your power steering on your car, and it made the control difficult to use.  Before the B-29 pilots used their acquired skills, and experience to fly aircraft, almost being one with the airplane.  But the manuals for a B-29 were all exact.  You would to what the book said and everything would go well, there was no guessing involved.

What the B-29 may be best known for is the dropping of the first atomic bomb.  On August 6th 1945, the Enola Gay flew over japan and dropped one out of two atomic bombs ever used,”Little Boy.”  A second B-29 called the Bockscar dropped “Fat Man.” 

The B-29 was a desired aircraft by the rest of the world.  The Soviet Union wanted them so badly than when 3 of them landed in their country they kept them, reverse engineered them and created th TU-4.  It was used in the Korean war and finally retired in 1960.  It was an aircraft for the history books, and will never be forgotten.

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