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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
''In the description, the first part needs to be about the history of and the creation and combat usage of the aircraft, as well as its key features. In the second part, tell the reader about the aircraft in the game. Insert screenshot of the vehicle. If the novice player does not remember the vehicle by name, he will immediately understand what kind of vehicle it is talking about.''
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[[File:GarageImage B-29A-BNSuperfortress.jpg|500px|thumb|left]]
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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-24D-25-COLiberator|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.
  
 
== General info ==
 
== General info ==
 
=== Flight Performance ===
 
=== Flight Performance ===
 
''Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Maximum speed, maneuverability, speed and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.''
 
''Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Maximum speed, maneuverability, speed and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.''
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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|-
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! colspan="4" | Engine
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! colspan="4" | Engine Name
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| colspan="4" | Wright R-3350-57 18-cylinder radial x4
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! colspan="4" | Engine power (Stock)
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|-
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! colspan="2" | Max
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! colspan="2" | Take-off
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|-
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| colspan="2" | 1,975 hp || colspan="2" | 2,276 hp
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|-
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! colspan="4" | Engine power (Upgraded)
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! colspan="2" | Max
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! colspan="2" | Take-off
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|-
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| colspan="2" | 2,200 hp || colspan="2" | 2,502 hp
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|-
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|}
  
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
''Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured. Describe the armour, if there is any, also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.''
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* 60 mm Bulletproof glass in front of the pilots.
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* 6.5 mm Steel plates in front of the pilots.
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* 6.5 mm Steel plates behind the pilots.
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* 6.5 mm Steel plates in front of tail control tractions.
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* 6.5 mm Steel plates boxing around rear dorsal gunner and beam gunners.
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* 6.5 mm Steel plate behind rear ventral gunner.
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* 60 mm Bulletproof glass in front of tail gunner.
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* 6.5 mm Steel plate in front of tail gunner.
  
 
== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
=== Offensive armament ===
 
''Describe the offensive armament of the aircraft, if any. Describe how effective the cannons and machine guns are in a battle, and also what belts or drums are better to use. If there is no offensive weaponry, delete this subsection.''
 
 
 
=== Suspended armament ===
 
=== Suspended armament ===
''Describe the aircraft's suspended armament: additional cannons under the wings, bombs, rockets and torpedoes. This section is especially important for bombers and attackers. If there is no suspended weaponry remove this subsection.''
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* 20 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 [[bombs]]
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* 40 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs
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* 18 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs
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* 8 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bombs
  
 
=== Defensive armament ===
 
=== Defensive armament ===
''Defensive armament with turret machine guns or cannons, crewed by gunners. Examine the number of gunners and what belts or drums are better to use. If defensive weaponry is not available remove this subsection.''
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* 4 x 12.7 mm [[Browning|M2 Browning]] machine guns, front dorsal turret (400 rpg = 1,600 total)
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* 2 x 12.7 mm [[Browning|M2 Browning]] machine guns, rear dorsal turret  (500 rpg = 1,000 total)
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* 2 x 12.7 mm [[Browning|M2 Browning]] machine guns, front ventral turret  (500 rpg = 1,000 total)
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* 2 x 12.7 mm [[Browning|M2 Browning]] machine guns, rear ventral turret  (575 rpg = 1,150 total)
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* 2 x 12.7 mm [[Browning|M2 Browning]] machine guns, tail turret  (550 rpg = 1,100 total)
  
 
== Usage in the battles ==
 
== Usage in the battles ==
''Describe the tactics of playing in an aircraft, the features of using vehicles in a team and advice on tactics. Refrain from creating a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view but give the reader food for thought. Examine the most dangerous enemies and give recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of the game in different modes (AB, RB, SB).''
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The ultimate strategic bomber for the [[:Category:USA air forces|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''.
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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.
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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.  
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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.
  
 
=== Pros and cons ===
 
=== Pros and cons ===
''Summarize and briefly evaluate the vehicle in terms of its characteristics and combat effectiveness. Mark its pros and cons in the bulleted list. Do not use more than 6 points for each of the characteristics. Avoid using categorical definitions such as "bad", "good" and the like - they have a substitution in the form of softer "inadequate", "effective".''
 
 
 
'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
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* Second heaviest payload next to the [[Tu-4]]
 
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* Stock bomb load is able to destroy bases with 1 salvo in AB and up to 2 bases in RB/SB.
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* Can be very hard to reach if it reaches high altitudes, even for jets.
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* Offers effective [[defensive turrets]] that virtually has no blind spots.
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* Fast for its size.
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* Virtually immune to small arms fire.
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* Receives air start after repairing/rearming in an airfield.
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* All payload options are internal and has next to no effect on flight performance.
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* Gunners are located separately from the gun turret with the exception of the tail turret.
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* Can easily win a game had it allowed to reach optimal bombing altitude.
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* Exceptionally strong when flying in groups with other bombers.
 
'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
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* Will be ripped to shreds by cannons with caliber larger than 20mm especially the MK108.
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* Unable to reliably defend itself from multiple opponents attacking at once from from multiple directions.
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* Big size, can easily be spotted from long distances, especially with skilled crews.
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* Has a low dive top-speed.
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* As with all heavy bombers, it lacks the ability to maneuver.
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* Takes a while to reach optimal altitude.
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* Landing gear takes a long time to deploy and retract.
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* Wings are considered weak spots.
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* Will face jets most of the time.
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* Extremely high Repair Cost.
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
''Describe the history of the creation and combat usage of the aircraft in more detail than in the introduction. If the historical reference turns out to be too big, take it to a separate article, taking a link to an article about the vehicle and adding a block "/ historical reference" (example: https://wiki.warthunder.com/Name-vehicles/historical reference) and add a link to it here using the <code>main</code> template. Be sure to include links to sources at the end of the article.''
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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.
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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”.
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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.<ref name="Vehicle Profile WT forum"> Excerpts from [https://forum.warthunder.com/index.php?/topic/292156-profile-b-29-superfortress/ 'Profile' B-29 Superfortress], no Author mentioned.</ref>
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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.<ref name="Vehicle Profile WT forum" />
  
 
== Media ==
 
== Media ==
''An excellent addition to the article will be video guides, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.''
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[http://live.warthunder.com/feed/camouflages/?q=#b29 '''Skins''' and camouflages for the B-29A from live.warthunder.com.]
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== Read also ==
 
== Read also ==
''Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example,''
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* [http://warthunder.com/en/news/3507/current/ [Profile<nowiki>]</nowiki> B-29 Superfortress]
* ''reference to the series of the aircraft;''
 
* ''links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.''
 
''ETC.''
 
  
 
== Sources ==
 
== Sources ==

Revision as of 16:28, 2 September 2018

B-29A-BN Superfortress
b-29.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
7.0/6.3/6.3BR
7 peopleCrew
63.5 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
12 000 mCeiling
4 х Wright R-3350-57Engine
RadialType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
609 km/hStructural
389 km/hGear
Defensive armament
2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunTurret
1 100 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunTurret
1 150 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun2 х Turret
1 000 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunTurret
1 600 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
20 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 1
18 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 2
40 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 3
8 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bombSetup 4
Economy
78 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
310 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png16 000 / 20 080/31 500 / 39 532/7 270 / 9 123Repair
90 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
310 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 400 Ge icon.pngAces
184 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
470 % Sl icon.png410 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png

Description

GarageImage B-29A-BNSuperfortress.jpg

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.

General info

Flight Performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Maximum speed, maneuverability, speed and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Engine
Engine Name
Wright R-3350-57 18-cylinder radial x4
Engine power (Stock)
Max Take-off
1,975 hp 2,276 hp
Engine power (Upgraded)
Max Take-off
2,200 hp 2,502 hp

Survivability and 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.

Armaments

Suspended armament

  • 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

Defensive armament

  • 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)

Usage in the battles

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.

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.

History

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]

Media

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


Read also

Sources

Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • topic on the official game forum;
  • page on aircraft encyclopedia;
  • other literature.
  • 1.0 1.1 Excerpts from 'Profile' B-29 Superfortress, no Author mentioned.