Boeing B-29 Superfortress / Royal Air Force


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The Boeing B-29 Superfortress is a four-engine propeller-driven heavy bomber designed by Boeing, which was flown primarily by the United States during World War II and the Korean War. It was one of the largest aircraft operational during World War II and featured state-of-the-art technology. Including design and production, at over $3 billion it was the most expensive weapons project in the war, exceeding the $1.9 billion cost of the Manhattan Project—using the value of dollars in 1945. Innovations introduced included a pressurized cabin, dual-wheeled, tricycle landing gear, and an analog computer-controlled fire-control system directing four remote machine gun turrets that could be operated by one gunner and a fire-control officer. A manned tail gun installation was semi-remote. The name "Superfortress" continued the pattern Boeing started with its well-known predecessor, the B-17 Flying Fortress. Designed for the high-altitude strategic bombing, the B-29 also excelled in low-altitude night incendiary bombing. One of the B-29's final roles during World War II was carrying out the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Manufacturer: Boeing
Model: B-29 Superfortress
Operator: Royal Air Force
Role: Strategic bomber, Heavy bomber
First flight: 21 September 1942
Introduction: 8 May 1944
Retired: 21 June 1960
Status: Retired
Primary users:

Produced: 1943–1946

Number built: 3,970

Specifications:

Crew: 11 (Pilot, Co-pilot, Bombardier, Flight Engineer, Navigator, Radio Operator, Radar Observer, Right Gunner, Left Gunner, Central Fire Control, Tail Gunner)

Length: 30.18 m

Wingspan: 43.06 m

Height: 8.45 m

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 Duplex-Cyclone turbosupercharged radial engines, 2,200 hp (1,640 kW) each

Maximum speed: 310 knots (570 km/h)

Cruise speed: 290 mph (252 knots (467 km/h))

Stall speed: 105 mph (91 knots (169 km/h))

Range: 5,220 km

Ferry range: 9,100 km

Rate of climb: 900 ft/min (4.6 m/s)

About the model:

Manufacturer: Amercom

Scale: 1:200

The actual aircraft: