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Boeing B-29 Superfortress

The Museum's Boeing B-29 Superfortress (Photo by Heath Moffatt)
Manufacturer: Boeing Aircraft Company
Model: B-29 Superfortress
Year: 1945
Span: 43.053m / 141ft
Length: 30.1752m / 99ft
Height: 8.4582m / 28ft
Wing Area: 161.553m² / 1,739ft²
Empty Weight: 31575.1kg / 69,610lbs
Gross Weight: 47628kg / 105,000lbs
Maximum Speed: 587.285km/h
Cruise Speed: 353.98km/h / 220mph
Power Plant: Four Wright R-3350-23 engines, 2,200 horsepower each
Range: 9380.47km / 5,830miles
Serial Number: 44-69729
Registration: 44-69729
On Loan From: National Museum of the United States Air Force

The Museum's Boeing B-29 Superfortress (Photo by Heath Moffatt)


The Museum's Boeing B-29 Superfortress

Boeing B-29 Superfortress

Very Heavy Bomber

The B-29 Superfortress revolutionized World War II-era bombers, enabling long-range missions over Japan. The "super bomber" could carry more payload and fly faster than the Army's B-17 or B-24 heavy bombers. The B-29 was also equipped with a pressurized interior, allowing crewmen to fly long distances in relative comfort. Two modified B-29s dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, helping end the war in the Pacific. Another carried Chuck Yeager and the Bell X-1 rocket plane aloft for the first supersonic flight in 1947.

The Museum's B-29, known as T-Square 54, fought in the Pacific during World War II, flying 37 bombing missions with the 875th Bomb Squadron, 498th Bomb Group. The bomber was later converted to an aerial refueling tanker for the Korean Conflict.

This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

Help us preserve this historic artifact for future generations. Click here to find out about the Museum's Adopt-A-Plane program.

 

What is This?

 
B-29 Shrink-Wrapped
 

This is the Museum’s Boeing B-29

It is “cocooned” in a protective wrapping of thin plastic to protect this valuable artifact from the elements until we can display it fully-restored indoors. If the wings look stubby to you, it’s because the outer wing panels have been removed, and are stored in a Museum warehouse.

B-29 in Plant 2