Boeing B-29 Superfortress - Warbird Tech Vol. 14 by Peter M. Bowers

By Peter M. Bowers

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Shores from Europe or Asia, any aerial attack would come from aircraft carriers. The original Air Corps request for a bomber to succeed the B-17 was not for one with range to reach continental targets. The B-17 could reach and return from carriers one day out from shore. Its successor was to be able to reach the carriers two days out, which meant having twice the range of the B-17. Obviously, world events changed this concept and the paper designs that preceded the final model 345/B-29 reflected the changes in concepts and policies.

A new Plant Two was built to the south of the existing trainer factory for the production of B-29-BWs. Boeing's Seattle plant was choked with B-17 production, but the Army wanted still more space for B-29s. It acquired this by trading use of the North American Kansas City plant, which it owned, to the Navy for use of the Navy plant in Renton, Washington. This plant was close to Seattle and had been built to produce the Boeing Model 344/PBB-1 Sea Ranger flying boat. The Navy was reducing its flying boat program and wanted more land-plane patrol planes and bombers.

Boeing) 44 WARBIRDTECH -- - Later Production B-295 All of the initial contracts for production B-29s were for plain B-29s and B-29As. Higher series letters were assigned during production, and some aircraft were redesignated out of the bomber category as listed below: B-29B - As a factory follow-up for modifications made in the field, Bell completed 311 B-29B-BAs. These had all armament but the tail guns deleted. The sighting blisters were also deleted. The tail guns were aimed and fired by a new ANIAPG-15B radar fire control system that detected an approach- but in several small blocks mixed ing target and made all the neces- .

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