Boeing B-29 Superfortress Manual
Chocks away for Haynes as it launches Boeing B-29 Superfortress Manual
New manual released 70 years after ‘Enola Gay’ brought sudden close to WW2
It is chocks away for Haynes as it launches its new Boeing B-29 Superfortress Manual this month. Offering an insight into the design, operation, maintenance and restoration of the USA’s giant long-range heavy bomber, the manual covers all marks built between 1942 and 1960.
B-29 ‘Enola Gay’ flew into the history books 70 years ago when the USAAF Boeing B-29 Superfortress made history by dropping the world’s first ever atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima with B-29 ‘Bockscar’ dropping the second on Nagasaki 3 days later, bringing the Second World War to a sudden and dramatic close.
Packed with over 300 photographs and technical illustrations, the Haynes Boeing B-29 Superfortress Manual examines the design, construction and anatomy of the B-29 across all versions, with the immaculate restoration of combat veteran ‘T Square 54’ as the centrepiece.
An expert authority on the Boeing B-29 Superfortress/Washington, author Chris Howlett describes the mighty B-29’s combat career and with the aid of first-person testimony relates what it was like to fly and maintain the ‘Superfort’.
The giant four-engine B-29 was at the cutting edge of aeronautical design for its time, with pressurised crew accommodation, electronic fire-control system and remotely operated gun turrets. Designed as a high-altitude strategic bomber the B-29 was operated by the USAAF against the Japanese in the China-Burma-India and Pacific theatres towards the end of the Second World War. In the closing months of the conflict it was widely used to deliver devastating fire-bombing attacks on Japanese cities.
After the war the B-29 became the core of the newly formed Strategic Air Command, carrying the US’s nuclear capability before ending its frontline services somewhat unsatisfactorily over Korea (1950 – 53), where political considerations limited its use to little more than a tactical role. Despite its relegation from front line service the B-29 soldiered on for several more years in vital but secondary roles including aerial tanker.
Today, of the 3,960 B-29s produced, a mere handful remain in museums and only one of these still flies, although a second may soon take to the air.
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