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Military Aircraft: Boeing B-29 Superfortress and the B-50, Images by Wernher Krutein, and PHOTOVAULT®

PHOTOVAULT contains a comprehensive archive of military images. This page contains samples from our picture files on the B-29 Superfortress and the B-50, in it's varients. These photographs are available for licensing in any media. For Pricing, General Guidelines, and Delivery information click here. You may contact us thru email or by phone for more information on the use of these images, and any others in our files not shown here. Our Air Force pages can be linked to as follows: Air Forces Volume D1, Air Forces Volume 1, Air Forces Volume 2, Air Forces Volume 3, Air Forces Volume 4, Air Forces Volume 5, Air Forces Volume 6, Air Forces Volume 7, Air Forces Volume 8, Air Forces Volume 9, Air Forces Volume 10, Air Forces Volume 11, Air Forces Volume 12, Air Forces Volume 13, Air Forces Volume 14, Air Forces Volume 15, Air Forces Volume 16, Air Forces Volume 17, Air Forces Volume 18, Air Forces Volume 19, Air Forces Volume 20, Air Forces Volume 21, Air Forces Volume 22, Air Forces Volume 23, Air Forces Volume 24

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The B-29 was designed by Boeing as a sucessor to the B-17 Flying Fortess. The long range bomber was introduced to the Air Force in 1940, but production was delayed to incorporate changes in armament and load. The first World War II B-29 raid was from specially designed bases in China on Japanese shipyards in Bangkok, Thailand in June 1944. The B-29's were the first aircraft to bomb mainland Japan since Doolittle's raid in 1942 in the B-25 Mitchell. The B-29 was not used in the European Theater of Operations due to the short flying distances. The B-29 was the only US produced bomber flown by a foreign country (Great Britian) in post World War II.

The B-29 is the only aircraft ever to have used Nuclear Bombs in actual combat. The most destructive raid of World War II occurred when 334 B-29's bombed Tokyo on 9-10 March 1945, 1.5 million people were left homeless and over 83,000 killed versus the 80,000 killed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined.

One of the B-29s on this page is now displayed at the March Field Museum. It is an A model serial number 44-61669. It was manufactured in 1945 at the Boeing facility in Rentan, Washington. Its last USAF assignment was with the 581st Air Resupply Group at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. It was transferred to the US Navy in March 1956 and used as a trainer. The aircraft flew in from Barstow in January 1982 to its present location.

BOEING WB-50D SUPERFORTRESS:

The B-5O, the last propeller-driven bomber delivered to the Air Force, made its initial flight on June 25, 1947. The aircraft was first designated as the B-29D, but modifications to the original B-29 structure were considerable so it was redesignated as the B-50.

B-50s served with the Strategic Air Command as medium bombers between 1948 and 1954 when they were replaced by the jet-propelled B-47s. B-50's were modified for other roles such as weather-reconnaissance, crew training, photo-mapping, and aerial refueling. In these support roles, some B-5Os remained in service until the late 1960s. The most famous B-5O was the Lucky Lady II which on March 2, 1949, became the first aircraft to fly non-stop around the world, completing the 23,482 mile flight in 94 hours.

Boeing built 370 B-5Os, 222 of which were -Ds.

 

SPECIFICATIONS for the WB-50D;
Span: 141 ft 2 in
Length: 99 ft. 0 in.
Height 32 ft. 8 n.
Weight: 173,000 lbs. maximum
Armament: Thirteen .50 cal. machine guns: 20,000 lbs. of bombs internally: 8,000 lbs. externally
Engines: Four Pratt & Whitney R-4360s of 3,500 hp. each
Cost: $1,144,000

PERFORMANCE;
Max speed: 395 mph /343 knots
Cruising speed: 277 mph/241 knots
Range: 4,900 statute miles/4,258 nautical miles (without aerial refueling)
Service ceiling: 36,700 ft.

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