(VIDEO) B-29 SuperFortress Bomber During Engine StartB-29 Superfortress B-29 Superfortress
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress is a propeller-driven heavy bomber designed by Boeing which was flown primarily by the United States during World War II and the Korean War. It was one of the largest and most technologically advanced aircraft operational during World War II, featuring state of the art technology, including guns that could be fired by remote control, two crew areas, fore and aft, pressurized and connected by a long tube over the bomb bays which allowed crew members to crawl between them. The tail gunner had a separate pressurized area that could only be entered or left at altitudes that did not require pressurization.
The B-29 was also the world’s heaviest production plane because of increases in range, bomb load and defensive requirements, and the single most expensive weapons project undertaken by the United States in World War II, exceeding the cost of the Manhattan Project by between 1 and 1.7 billion dollars. Because of the B-29’s advanced design, unlike many other World War II-era bombers, the Superfortress remained in service long after the war ended, with a few even being employed as flying television transmitters for the Stratovision company. This footage was taken at the C.A.F air show, and shows one of the last operating B-29 in the world under the nickname of “FiFi”.