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General Info

B-29A Superfortress in the Garage.

The B-29A-BN Superfortress is a Rank IV American heavy bomber with a battle rating of 6.3 (AB/RB) and 7.0 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.47 "Big Guns". The B-29 follows the B-24 Liberator in the U.S. bomber branch and is the last American propeller powered bomber in the US Tech Tree. It is one of the most powerful and heavily armed bombers in War Thunder.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

B-29 bracing for the Me 262's attack.

General play style

The ultimate strategic bomber for the USAF. Loaded up with eight metric tonnes (8 long tonnes) of bombs and ten good ol' Browning heavy machine guns this is the Superfortress! A wonderful advertising name, but don't be fooled, it is bigger than a barn and thus impossible to miss. Keep safe distance from any hot combat zones. Your defensive turrets will not keep you safe, they will kill any foe getting close, but the B-29's enemies do not need too! So concentrate on what this plane is good at: Delivery payload, lots of it.

Once your bombing run is complete, start descending towards your airfield; enemy fighters might be trying to find you so you should be even more alert now than before. The B-29 has one of the most powerful defensive systems installed on any bomber, so you should be able to defend yourself reasonably well, unless it is a head on attack where you will have very limited protection. You must also combine it with a defensive style of flying to utilize it to its full potential; the B-29 offers great handling for its size. Despite this, be very careful when you enter a dive. It is just as prone as any other aircraft to suffering structural damage if its limitations are exceeded.

Great defensive armament will kill most enemies that do get close. Being able to point at least four fifty-cals in every direction and about six to the six o'clock position will deal with any fighter quickly. But do not forget the size of the Fortress. Most of the enemies shells will hit some mark.

Of course, bomb load is very good with the B-29, with its historic performance as one of the best American bomber in service. Up to 8 x 2,000 lb could be carried in the bomb bay.

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Second heaviest payload next to the Tu-4
  • Stock bomb load is able to destroy bases with 1 salvo in AB and up to 2 bases in RB/SB.
  • Can be very hard to reach if it reaches high altitudes, even for jets.
  • Offers effective defensive turrets that virtually has no blind spots.
  • Fast for its size.
  • Virtually immune to small arms fire.
  • Receives air start after repairing/rearming in an airfield.
  • All payload options are internal and has next to no effect on flight performance.
  • Gunners are located separately from the gun turret with the exception of the tail turret.
  • Can easily win a game had it allowed to reach optimal bombing altitude.
  • Exceptionally strong when flying in groups with other bombers.

Cons:

  • Will be ripped to shreds by cannons with caliber larger than 20mm especially the MK108.
  • Unable to reliably defend itself from multiple opponents attacking at once from from multiple directions.
  • Big size, can easily be spotted from long distances, especially with skilled crews.
  • Has a low dive top-speed.
  • As with all heavy bombers, it lacks the ability to maneuver.
  • Takes a while to reach optimal altitude.
  • Landing gear takes a long time to deploy and retract.
  • Wings are considered weak spots.
  • Will face jets most of the time.
  • Extremely high Repair Cost.

Specifications

Armaments

Defensive armaments

  • 4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, front dorsal turret (400 rpg = 1,600 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, rear dorsal turret (500 rpg = 1,000 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, front ventral turret (500 rpg = 1,000 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, rear ventral turret (575 rpg = 1,150 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, tail turret (550 rpg = 1,100 total)

Payloads

  • 20 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs
  • 40 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs
  • 18 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs
  • 8 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bombs

bombs

bombs

Bombs

Nation Mass (nominal) Name Caliber Drag   Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen     Damage  
  Rating  
  Radius     Pen  
Bomb properties High explosive Fragmentation
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Germany
1,000 kg SC 1000L2 450 33 360.4 30m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg SC 250Ja 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
50 kg SC 50Ja 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
500 kg SC 500K 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
10 kg SD 10C 152 0.8 0.3 5m 8mm 0 15m 5mm
10 kg SD 10a 152 0.8 0.5 5m 10mm 0 15m 5mm
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Japan
250 kg mod.25 mk 2 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
500 kg mod. 50 mk 2 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
800 kg mod. 80 mk 1 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg Type 92 mod. 25 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
500 kg Type 92 mod. 50 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
100 kg Type 94 mod. 10 267 9.3 0.9 6m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
50 kg Army Type 94 mod. 5 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
60 kg Type 97 mod. 6 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
250 kg Type 98 mod.25 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
800kg Type 99 mod. 25 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
800 kg Navy Type 99 No. 80 mod. 1 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
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USSR
100 kg FAB-100 267 9.3 0.9 6m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
1,000 kg FAB-1000 450 33 360.4 30m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
250 kg FAB-250M-43 285 16.9 6.3 10m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
50 kg FAB-50 152 4.3 0 3m 35mm 51.3 40m 10mm
500 kg FAB-500 392 23.7 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
1,500 kg FAB-1500M-46 450 33 2452.7 70m 450mm 94.4 150m 15mm
3,000 kg FAB-3000M-46 450 33 8493.2 100m 500mm 94.4 150m 15mm
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Britain
453 kg 1000 lb GP 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453 kg 1000 lb GP mk 1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453 kg 1000 lb MC mk 1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
113.4 kg 250 lb 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
113.4 kg 250 lb 43 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
113.4 kg 250 lb late 267 0 5.4 13m 78mm 100.6 48m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb 43 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
1,815 kg mk 2 Cookie 450 100 4955.1 80m 400mm 87.6 200m 15mm
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USA
453.6 kg 1000lb AN-M65 cone 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
453.6 kg 1000 lb AN-M65A1 392 37 100 25m 160mm 100 120m 15mm
45.4 kg 100 lb AN-M30A1 152 4.3 1 8m 50mm 51.3 40m 10mm
907.2 kg 2000 lb AN-M66A2 450 49.6 640.9 40m 250mm 94.4 150m 15mm
113.4 kg 250 lb AN-M57 267 9.3 4.1 12m 75mm 102.3 45m 12mm
226.8 kg 500 lb AN-M64A1 285 16.9 15.7 16m 100mm 111 80m 12mm
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France
kg 100 kg No. 1 m mm m mm
kg 200 kg No. 1 m mm m mm
kg 500 kg No. 2 m mm m mm

Armour

  • 60 mm Bulletproof glass in front of the pilots.
  • 6.5 mm Steel plates in front of the pilots.
  • 6.5 mm Steel plates behind the pilots.
  • 6.5 mm Steel plates in front of tail control tractions.
  • 6.5 mm Steel plates boxing around rear dorsal gunner and beam gunners.
  • 6.5 mm Steel plate behind rear ventral gunner.
  • 60 mm Bulletproof glass in front of tail gunner.
  • 6.5 mm Steel plate in front of tail gunner.

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Wright R-3350-57 18-cylinder radial x4
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1997 hp (Stock), 2461 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 2299 hp (Stock), 2763 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 1251 kg
Name: Wright R-3350-57 18-cylinder radial x4
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1975 hp (Stock), 2200 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 2276 hp (Stock), 2502 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 1251 kg
Name: Wright R-3350-57 18-cylinder radial x4
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1975 hp (Stock), 2200 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 2276 hp (Stock), 2502 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 1251 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 613 km/h
    • at height: 9,100 m
  • Max altitude: 12,000 m
  • Turn Time: 33.5 s
  • Rate of Climb: 2.9 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 1,800 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 669 km/h
    • at height: 9,100 m
  • Max altitude: 12,000 m
  • Turn Time: 30.7 s
  • Rate of Climb: 11.7 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 1,800 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 602 km/h
    • at height: 9,100 m
  • Max altitude: 12,000 m
  • Turn Time: 34.4 s
  • Rate of Climb: 4.2 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 1,800 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 641 km/h
    • at height: 9,100 m
  • Max altitude: 12,000 m
  • Turn Time: 32.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 6.5 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 1,800 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 602 km/h
    • at height: 9,100 m
  • Max altitude: 12,000 m
  • Turn Time: 34.4 s
  • Rate of Climb: 4.2 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 1,800 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 641 km/h
    • at height: 9,100 m
  • Max altitude: 12,000 m
  • Turn Time: 32.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 6.5 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 1,800 m

Performance

Warning this is still in the test phase and is probably incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data taken from 1.55)



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9
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1.74
3.48
5.22
6.96
8.7
Horsepower in 1000hp
Altitude in 1000m

Supercharger Stage #1: 100%

Supercharger Stage #1: WEP



Modules and improvements

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair, Radiator Turret 12 mm, SBC-40
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings repair, Engine New 12 mm MGs (turret), MBC-12
IV Engine injection Cover LBC-8

History of creation and combat usage

The B-29 was one of the, if not the largest aircraft used during World War II. It was exclusively used in the Pacific Theatre during the War, and participated in bombing raids on multiple islands in the Pacific war. The B-29 became the world's first and only nuclear capable bomber to deliver weapons during war time when on August 6th, 1945 the B-29 Enola Gay dropped the atomic bomb known as "Little Boy" on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, the B-29 Bockscar dropped the second atomic bomb "Fat Man" on Nagasaki, Japan.

During the Second World War, its only area of operations was the Pacific Theater specifically targeting the Japanese mainland. It also saw combat service in the Korean War a small group of loaned aircraft were evaluated by the R.A.F during the early 1950's as well. In British service they were known as the “Washington B Mk. 1”.

During World War 2, the B-29 completed over 20,000 sorties with an estimated 180,000 tons of bombs dropped, as well as two atomic bombs. A total of number of 3,970 were built and delivered to the USAAF. Perhaps the most famous “copy” of the war was the Tu-4. Although outwardly looking identical, this Soviet “B-29” was converted to metric making it unique. Other aircraft derived from the B-29 include the B-50, C-97, KC-97, 377 Stratocruiser, and NASA’s own Guppy cargo carriers.[1]

The B-29 post-war also helped in the scientific, research, and development fields. They would play a key role in hurricane hunting and storm chasing which allowed it to collect key information about storm patterns, and helped to improve and to develop new radar systems such as the “sun tracker”. It was also the aircraft that carried the supersonic test aircraft Bell X-1 into the air. The last American B-29 squadron was retired in the 1960’s. Today one called “Fifi”still flies at air show circuits. It is hoped another named “Doc” will soon join her.[1]

Ingame description

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Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the B-29A from live.warthunder.com.

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Additional information (links)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Excerpts from 'Profile' B-29 Superfortress, no Author mentioned.
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Icon-country-usa.png B-29A-BN Superfortress
Nation USA
Type Heavy Strategic Bomber
Fighting style Bombing

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Empty Weight ~32978 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~44019 kg
Takeoff Weight ~63502 kg
Wing Area ~162 m²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 4
Air Breaks no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 2000 hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~393.34 kph at 9100 m
Climb Rate ~6.51 m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~196.88 kph
Turn Time ~40.54 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~204.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~72704 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~97045 lb
Takeoff Weight ~139998 lb
Wing Area ~1741 ft²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 4
Air Breaks no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 2000 hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~244.41 mph at 29856 m
Climb Rate 21.36 ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~122.34 mph
Turn Time 40.54 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~41.78 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning Heavy machine gun
Magazine 500 rpg
# of Turrets 4
4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning Heavy machine gun
Magazine 400 rpg
# of Turrets 1
Payload Option 1
20 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 Bomb
Payload Option 2
18 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 Bomb
Payload Option 3
40 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 Bomb
Payload Option 4
8 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 Bomb
Limits
Max Speed limit 505 kph
Gear lmit 360 kph
Combat Flaps 510 kph
Max static +G's ~1
Max static -G's ~1
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <280 kph
Rudder <360 kph
Elevators <290 kph
Radiator >290 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 314 mph
Gear lmit 224 mph
Combat Flaps 317 mph
Max static +G's ~1
Max static -G's ~1
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <174 mph
Rudder <224 mph
Elevators <180 mph
Radiator >180 mph
Manual Control
Mixer is not controllable
Pitch is controllable
has automatic pitch
Radiator (water) is controllable
Radiator (oil) is not controllable
Oil and water uses combined radiator control
Supercharger is controllable
Turbocharger is controllable
Compressor settings 1
Optimal Altitude
7800 m
25591 ft
100% Enginepower 8000 hp
WEP Enginepower 8640 hp
* Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data from 1.57 initial release)