The B-29 Superfortress was used by the 20th Air Force in the Pacific to bomb the Japanese Home Islands. It was a very advanced bomber for its day, with pressurized crew compartments and remote-controlled gun turrets. While envisioned as a high altitude daylight bomber, its greatest successes were low-level nighttime raids dropping incendiary bombs on the combustible Japanese cities. The B-29 is most known for dropping the A-bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which ended the war.
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Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Type: Long-range Strategic Heavy bomber Crew: 10: Pilot, Co-Pilot, Engineer, Bombardier, Radioman, 5 Gunners Armament: eight .50 cal machine guns (two in each of four power turrets) three.50 cal machine guns (or two .50 cals and one 20mm cannon) in the tail turret up to 20,000 lbs. of bombs Specifications: Length: 99' 0" (30.18 m) Height: 29' 7" (9.02 m) Wingspan: 141' 3" (43.05 m) Weight: 124,000 lb max at takeoff Propulsion: No. of Engines: 4 Powerplant: Wright R-3350-23 Cyclone 18 Horsepower: 2200 hp each Performance: Range: 3250 miles (5230 km) Cruise Speed: 230 mph (370 km/h) Max Speed: 358 mph (576 km/h) Ceiling: 31850 ft (9710 m)
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