Boeing B-29 Superfortress
WORLD WAR II
One of the 25 airplanes that won it
still flying 70 years after victory.
AIR&SPACE Smithsonian, May 2015I'd Rather Be Flying From Hangar 18
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
(Featuring some of the Ol'Kunnel's favorite airplanes!)
Fifi, The ONLY Flying B-29 [so far]
Thought you would find this interesting.
From: Ray Trapp
Sent: Sunday, March 13, 2016 6:18 PM
To: 'Tony Trapp'
Subject: B-29 FiFi
I had to hold up on taxiway A at the Titusville Space Coast airport today so
the only flying B-29 Superfortress could taxi by for takeoff. Not something
you see every day.
What's Up, Doc?
Fellow Friends of Doc,
Headline: First Flight Scheduled for B-29 “Doc”
WICHITA, Kan., July 8, 2016 – Doc’s Friends, the group managing the restoration of the B-29 known as Doc, announced today the historic B-29 will make its return to flight Sunday, July 17. The restored Boeing B-29 Superfortress will take off from the non-joint-use runway at McConnell Air Force Base, adjacent to where the restoration team has spent the last 16 years restoring the warbird.
“Hundreds of volunteers have spent thousands of hours working to restore this national treasure,” said Jim Murphy, Doc’s Friends Restoration Program Manager. “After 16 years of hard work, sweat, tears and tireless attention to detail, we are ready fly.”
Doc’s flight crew expects first flight to be an early morning event on July 17 due to anticipated hot weather. First flight is also dependent upon weather conditions in Wichitand plans could change with little or no advanced notice.
Due to security restrictions at the active air force base, as well as security access at Doc’s home at Air Capital Flight Line, runway and ramp access will be limited.
The public, however, will have multiple locations from which they can view Doc’s first flight and landing. Specific details of those public watch areas and first flight timelines will be released soon.
The public is encouraged to subscribe online at http://www.b-29doc.com/signup/ to receive information regarding the public viewing locations as soon as the information is released. The information will be provided to the media for public disclosure via news releases.
On the web: www.b-29doc.com
Thank you so much for your ongoing support.
Eyes on the sky,
– Doc’s Friends Volunteer
The Superfortress 'DOC' Takes To The Air!-->
1545 10/03/2016The Boeing B-29 was designed in 1940 as an eventual replacement for the B-17 and B-24. The first one built made its maiden flight on September 21, 1942. In December 1943 it was decided not to use the B-29 in the European Theater, thereby permitting the airplane to be sent to the Pacific area where its great range made it particularly suited for the long over-water flight required to attack the Japanese homeland from bases in China. During the last two months of 1944, B-29s began operating against Japan from the islands of Saipan, Guam and Tinian.
The following video shows operations of the B-29 in the closing pages of World War II. It runs over an hour BUT I know you don't want to miss it:
With the advent of the conflict in Korea in June 1950, the B-29 was once again thrust into battle. For the next several years it was effectively used for attacking targets in North Korea.
The B-29 on display, named "Bockscar," was flown to the U.S. Air Force Museum on September 26, 1961. It is the airplane from which the second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.
Span: 141 ft. 3 in.
Length: 99 ft. 0 in.
Height: 27 ft. 9 in.
Weight: 133,500 lbs. max.
Armament: Eight .50-cal. machine guns in remote controlled turrets plus two .50-cal. machine guns and one 20mm cannon in tail; 20,000 lbs. of bombs
Engines: Four Wright R-3350s of 2,200 hp. ea.
Serial Number: 44-27297
Maximum speed: 357 mph.
Cruising speed: 220 mph.
Range: 3,700 miles
Service Ceiling: 33,600 ft.
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress was a four-engine propeller-driven heavy bomber that was flown by the United States Military in World War II and the Korean War, and by other nations afterwards. The name "Superfortress" was derived from that of its well-known predecessor, the B-17 Flying Fortress, and carried on a series of names for Boeing-built bombers followed by the B-52 Stratofortress.
The B-29 was one of the largest airplanes to see service during World War II. A very advanced bomber for this time period, it included features such as a pressurized cabin, fire control system, and machine-gun turrets controlled by remote. Though it was designed as a high-altitude daytime bomber, in practice it actually flew more low-altitude nighttime incendiary bombing missions. It was the primary aircraft in the U.S. firebombing campaign against the Empire of Japan in the final months of World War II, and carried the atomic bombs that destroyed Hiroshimand Nagasaki. Unlike many other bombers, the B-29 remained in service long after the war ended, with a few even being employed as flying television transmitters for the Stratovision company. The type was finally retired in the early 1960s, with 3,960 aircraft in all built.
Information excerpted from Answer.com
Retired Col. Robert Morgan, pilot of the famed World War II b-17 "Memphis Belle," died in Asheville, North Carolina, at the age of 85. Morgan successfully piloted his B-17 through 25 dangerous daytime bombing runs against Nazi Germany.
"Memphis Belle" was the first Army Air Forces bomber to complete 25 mission, and its crew returned to the United States in 1943 for promotional purposes.
Later in the war, Morgan returned to combat as a B-29 pilot against Japan. Morgan's first combat mission in the Pacific Theater was also the first B-29 attack directed against Tokyo.
-- Air Force Magazine, July 2004BOMBER ACE
This fuselage is painted in the markings of "Command Decision," the famous B-29 Superfortress. During the Korean War, gunners on the "Command Decision" shot down five Soviet-built MiG-15 jet fighters. This qualified the aircraft for unofficial recognition as a bomber "ace".
The crew is shown in this photograph.
Standing, left to right:
Technical Sergeant Carl W. Ayers, flight engineer
Sergeant Stanley Smigel, radio operator
Staff Sergeant Michael R. Martocchia, central fire control
Sergeant John J. Nally, left gunner
Private First Class Henry E. Ruch, right gunner
Sergeant Merle A. Goff, tail gunner
Kneeling, left to right
Captain Donald M. Covic, aircraft commander
Captain David P. Self, pilot
Lieutenant Daniel M. Price, navigator
Lieutenant William M. Hammond, bombardier
Lieutenant Bernard G. Stein, radar observer
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