|This page is about the American heavy bomber B-29A-BN. For other versions, see B-29/Tu-4 (Family).|
- 1 Description
- 2 General info
- 3 Armaments
- 4 Usage in battles
- 5 History
- 6 Media
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
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.
Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.
| Max Speed
(km/h at 9,100 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at 9,100 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
|< 340||< 350||< 290||> 400|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|9,720 m||2,200 hp||2,499 hp|
|Engine Name||Number present|
|Wright R-3350-57 18-cylinder||4|
|Engine power (Stock)|
|1,975 hp||2,276 hp|
|Engine power (Upgraded)|
|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 the rear ventral gunner.
- 60 mm Bulletproof glass in front of tail gunner.
- 6.5 mm Steel plate in front of tail gunner.
The B-29A-BN can be outfitted with the following ordinance:
- 20 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (10,000 lb total)
- 40 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (20,000 lb total)
- 18 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (18,000 lb total)
- 8 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bombs 16,000 lb total)
The B-29A-BN is defended by:
- 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, tail turret (550 rpg = 1,100 total)
- 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, rear ventral turret (575 rpg = 1,150 total)
- 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, rear dorsal turret (500 rpg = 1,000 total)
- 2 x 12.7 mm [Browning M2 machine guns, front ventral turret (500 rpg = 1,000 total)
- 4 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, front dorsal turret (400 rpg = 1,600 total)
Usage in 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 a 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-calibre 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.
|I||Fuselage repair||Radiator||Turret 12 mm||SBC-40|
|III||Wings repair||Engine||New 12 mm MGs (turret)||MBC-12|
Pros and cons
- Second heaviest payload in War Thunder next to the Soviet Tu-4
- Stock bomb load is able to destroy bases with one payload in arcade and up to two bases in realistic/simulatory battles
- Can be difficult for fighters to reach same cruising altitude, even for jets
- Effective defensive turrets which virtually have no blind spots
- Fast for its size
- Virtually immune to small arms machine gunfire
- Receives air start after repairing/rearming in an airfield
- All payload options are internal and have next to no effect on flight performance
- Gunners are located separately from the gun turret (remote-controlled turrets) with the exception of the tail turret
- Can easily win a match if allowed to reach optimal bombing altitude
- Exceptionally strong when flying in groups with other bombers
- Easily susceptible to damage from autocannons larger than 20 mm especially the MK108
- Unable to reliably defend itself from multiple opponents attacking at once 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 manoeuvre well
- Takes a while to reach an 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
The B-29 was one of 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 wartime 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 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.
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 1960s. Today one called “Fifi” still flies at air show circuits. It was joined by another named “Doc” in 2016.
"An all-metal monoplane with a retractable landing gear system including a nosewheel. The crew consisted of 14 persons. Distinctive features of the Superfortress included a pressurized cockpit for the crew and a Central Fire Control system for the defensive armament.
The B-29 (Model 345) was developed by the Boeing Aircraft design department in early 1940. The XB-29 prototype model performed its maiden flight on September 21, 1942. Full-scale production of the aircraft was started in June 1943.
В-29s had Wright R-3350-23 eighteen-cylinder, radial air-cooled engines producing a maximum power of 2,200 hp, with four-bladed automatic propellers.
The defensive armament of the Superfortress included four remotely controlled turrets: two below the fuselage and two above. Each turret housed two 12.7 mm Colt-Browning M2.5 machine guns with 500-1,000 rounds each. Some aircraft had an upper front turret equipped with four machine guns. All weapons were aimed at the target from three sighting stations located in blisters and from the bombardier's station.
Three armament options were available for the rear mount, controlled by an independent air gunner: a 20 mm Hispano-Bendix AN-M2 cannon and two 12.7 mm Colt-Browning M2.5 machine guns, three 12.7 mm machine guns, or two 12.7 mm machine guns.
A bomb load of up to 9,000 kg was housed in two bomb bays, where cluster racks were mounted.
The B-29 was equipped with a large amount of radio equipment for various purposes. Its large bomb capacity, powerful and effective defensive armament, and state-of-the-art equipment would have turned the Superfortress into the best heavy bomber of World War II if not for engine breakdowns that continually plagued the aircraft. For one whole year, up to the middle of 1944, the bomber's performance was hampered by a high accident rate. It was only by the end of the summer of 1944 that efforts to improve the fire-prone engines were relatively successful, but the problem was never entirely eradicated.
B-29s were used exclusively in the Pacific theater of the war. Superfortresses were used in combat for the first time on June 5, 1944 during the raid on Bangkok. On June 14, 1944, American bombers attacked the territory of Japan for the first time. Military and industrial facilities in Sasebo, Nagasaki, Omura and Yawata were regularly attacked. In August 1944, B-29s began to bomb oil refineries on the island of Sumatra.
The B-29s were flown out of China until December 1944, when they were relocated to India. Their targets were docks in Singapore, ports in Indochina, and rail junctions in Burma. В-29s also mined rivers in China and the coastal waters of Vietnam and Malaya from the air.
In October 1944, B-29s began carrying out massive attacks on Japan from the Mariana Islands. During the war, these aircraft dropped 54,917 tons of high-explosive bombs and 109,068 tons of incendiary bombs on Japan and delivered 12,000 naval mines. The В-29 became the world's first nuclear weapon carrier when it dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
From 1950-53, B-29 bombers took part in the Korean War. From 1950-55, the aircraft was operated by the RAF Bomber Command under the designation ""Washington B.1.""
A total of 3,947 В-29s were manufactured, including all variants. The plane was withdrawn from service as a bomber with the USA in late 1954."
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