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B-29 "Superfortress"

Strategical Bomber


B-29 Superfortress

B-29 is known, as the plane which has thrown nuclear bombs on the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In battle actions against Japan the success has come after application of tactics of night bombardments at small height (1500-3000m).

The necessity to have strategic bombers, similar American, has compelled the Soviet air industry after war to create exact analogue - Tu-4, created on the direct order of Iosif Stalin. Tu-4 was an exact copy of the American superfortress. The constructive decisions and details, radio-electronic equipment, applied by the American plane, in various updatings still was long applied by the Soviet planes.

B-29 Specification
Crew 11
Wing span, m 43.05
Length, m 30.18
Height, m 9.02
4 × PE R-3350-23-23A/-41 Pratt & Whitney , hp 2,200
Weight, kg:
Empty weight 34,020
Maximum takeoff weight 62,500
Maximum speed, km/h 576
Time to 6100m, min 5
Service ceiling, m 11,150
Maximum range with max weight, km 3,140
20-mm cannon и 2х12.7-mm machine guns in the forage
Remotely-controlled 2х12.7-mm machine guns X 4 barbette, bombs, int. kg

Photo Description
Drawing B-29r

Drawing B-29

B-29 in flight

B-29 in flight

The B-29 'Enola Gay'

Evening on August, 6, 1945. The B-29 "Enola Gay" on aerodrome North-Field before a raid to Hiroshima.