• The B-29B was a lightened version on the Superfortress that was built exclusively by Bell-Atlanta. It had all but the tail defensive armament removed, since experience had shown that by that stage in the war the only significant enemy fighter attacks were coming from the rear.

    The tail gun was aimed and fired automatically by the new AN/APG-15B radar fire control system that detected the approaching enemy plane and made all the necessary calculations.

    The elimination of the turrets and the associated General Electric computerized gun system increased the top speed of the Superfortress to 364 mph at 25,000 feet and made the B-29B suitable for fast, unescorted hit-and-run bombing raids and photographic missions. Most of the weight saved by stripping off the defensive armament was devoted to additional bomb capacity. The right and left side gunners were not carried and the central fire control gunner occasionally acted as an observer and the bombardier's duties could often be performed by the radar operator. The plane could operate with a crew of seven to eight, since fewer gunners were now required. However it often carried up to ten (commander, pilot, navigator, radar operator, bombardier, radio opperator, flight engineer, tail gunner, and two scanners). The scanners were supposed to look out for other planes, both friendly and enemy.

    The B-29Bs were not ordered in a single large batch, but were ordered in small batches (sometimes singly) from B-29-BA production lines. It is often difficult to distinguish B-29Bs from "ordinary" B-29s which had been stripped of their machine gun turrets to save weight during General LeMay's fire bombing campaign against Japan during 1945. However, they could be distinguished from B-29s by their serial numbers and by the presence of the external radar antenna in the extreme tail.

    A total of 311 B-29Bs were built between January and September of 1945. Most of the B-29Bs were issued to the 315th Bombardment Wing in the Marianas in 1945.

    After the war, a special B-29B named Pacusan Dreamboat (44-84061) was converted for long-range flights. It was fitted with modified "Andy Gump" nacelles originally intended for late-model B-29As, R-3350-CA-2 fuel injection engines and specially-designed three-bladed paddle-type propellers. It made several record-breaking long-distance flights, including a nonstop distance record of 7916 miles from Guam to Washington, D. C. in November of 1945.
    B 29B Nicknamed Pacusan Dreamboat S3ZZ4Esk8C4Ci1Tm8mCw1p
    Serials of B-29B Superfortress:

    42-63581/63621 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-30-BA Superfortress
    42-63622/63691 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-35-BA Superfortress
    42-63692/63736 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-40-BA Superfortress
    42-63738/63743 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-40-BA Superfortress
    42-63745/63749 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-40-BA Superfortress
    42-63751 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-40-BA Superfortress
    44-83890/83893 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-40-BA Superfortress
    44-83895 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-40-BA Superfortress
    44-83896/83899 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress
    44-83901/83903 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress
    44-83905/83907 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress
    44-83909/83910 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress
    44-83912/83913 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress
    44-83915/83916 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress
    44-83918/83919 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress
    44-83921/83922 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress
    44-83924/83925 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress
    44-83927 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress
    44-83929 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress
    44-83931 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress
    44-83933 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress
    44-83935 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress
    44-83937 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress
    44-83939 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress
    44-83941/83944 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress
    44-83946 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress
    44-83948 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress
    44-83950 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress
    44-83952 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress
    44-83954 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress
    44-83956 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress
    44-83958/83959 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress
    44-83961 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-45-BA Superfortress
    44-83963 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-50-BA Superfortress
    44-83965 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-50-BA Superfortress
    44-83967 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-50-BA Superfortress
    44-83969 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-50-BA Superfortress
    44-83971 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-50-BA Superfortress
    44-83973 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-50-BA Superfortress
    44-83975 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-50-BA Superfortress
    44-83977 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-50-BA Superfortress
    44-83979 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-50-BA Superfortress
    44-83981 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-50-BA Superfortress
    44-83983 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-50-BA Superfortress
    44-83985 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-50-BA Superfortress
    44-83987 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-50-BA Superfortress
    44-83989 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-50-BA Superfortress
    44-83991 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-50-BA Superfortress
    44-83993 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-50-BA Superfortress
    44-83995 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-50-BA Superfortress
    44-83997 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-50-BA Superfortress
    44-83999 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-50-BA Superfortress
    44-84001 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-50-BA Superfortress
    44-84003 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-50-BA Superfortress
    44-84005 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-50-BA Superfortress
    44-84007 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-50-BA Superfortress
    44-84009 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-55-BA Superfortress
    44-84011 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-55-BA Superfortress
    44-84013 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-55-BA Superfortress
    44-84015 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-55-BA Superfortress
    44-84017 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-55-BA Superfortress
    44-84019 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-55-BA Superfortress
    44-84021 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-55-BA Superfortress
    44-84023 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-55-BA Superfortress
    44-84025 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-55-BA Superfortress
    44-84027 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-55-BA Superfortress
    44-84029 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-55-BA Superfortress
    44-84031 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-55-BA Superfortress
    44-84033 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-55-BA Superfortress
    44-84035 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-55-BA Superfortress
    44-84037 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-55-BA Superfortress
    44-84039 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-55-BA Superfortress
    44-84041 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-55-BA Superfortress
    44-84043 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-55-BA Superfortress
    converted to XB-29G jet engine test bed.
    44-84045 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-55-BA Superfortress
    44-84047 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-55-BA Superfortress
    44-84049 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-55-BA Superfortress
    44-84051 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-55-BA Superfortress
    44-84053 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-55-BA Superfortress
    44-84055 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-55-BA Superfortress
    44-84057 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-60-BA Superfortress
    44-84059 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-60-BA Superfortress
    44-84061 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-60-BA Superfortress
    44-84063 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-60-BA Superfortress
    44-84065 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-60-BA Superfortress
    44-84067 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-60-BA Superfortress
    44-84069 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-60-BA Superfortress
    44-84071 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-60-BA Superfortress
    44-84073 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-60-BA Superfortress
    44-84075 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-60-BA Superfortress
    44-84077 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-60-BA Superfortress
    44-84079 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-60-BA Superfortress
    44-84081 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-60-BA Superfortress
    44-84083 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-60-BA Superfortress
    44-84085 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-60-BA Superfortress
    44-84087 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-60-BA Superfortress
    44-84089 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-60-BA Superfortress
    44-84091 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-60-BA Superfortress
    44-84093 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-60-BA Superfortress
    44-84095 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-60-BA Superfortress
    44-84097 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-60-BA Superfortress
    44-84099 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-60-BA Superfortress
    44-84101 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-60-BA Superfortress
    44-84103 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-60-BA Superfortress
    44-84105 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-65-BA Superfortress
    44-84107 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-65-BA Superfortress
    44-84109 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-65-BA Superfortress
    44-84111 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-65-BA Superfortress
    44-84113 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-65-BA Superfortress
    44-84115 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-65-BA Superfortress
    44-84117 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-65-BA Superfortress
    44-84119 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-65-BA Superfortress
    44-84121 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-65-BA Superfortress
    44-84123 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-65-BA Superfortress
    44-84125 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-65-BA Superfortress
    44-84127 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-65-BA Superfortress
    44-84129 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-65-BA Superfortress
    44-84131 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-65-BA Superfortress
    44-84133 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-65-BA Superfortress
    44-84135 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-65-BA Superfortress
    44-84137 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-65-BA Superfortress
    44-84139 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-65-BA Superfortress
    44-84141 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-65-BA Superfortress
    44-84143 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-65-BA Superfortress
    44-84145 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-65-BA Superfortress
    44-84147 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-65-BA Superfortress
    44-84149 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-65-BA Superfortress
    44-84151 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-65-BA Superfortress
    44-84153 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-65-BA Superfortress - cancelled
    44-84155 Bell-Atlanta B-29B-65-BA Superfortress

    BA Superfortress
    BA Superfortress
    Specification of Boeing B-29B Superfortress:

    Engines: Four Wright R-3350-41 Duplex Cyclone eighteen-cylinder air-cooled radial engines each with two General Electric turbosuperchargers, delivering 2200 hp for takeoff with a war emergency rating of 2300 hp at 25,000 feet. Performance: Maximum speed: 364 mph at 25,000 feet Normal cruising speed: 210-225 mph Maximum range: 4200 miles at 10,000 feet with full fuel load and 18,000-pound bombload. Practical operational radius 1800 miles. An altitude of 20,000 feet could be attained in 33 minutes at 110,000 pounds gross weight. Fuel capacity: 6988 US gallons, the bomb bay tanks were not standard fit. Weights: 69,000 pounds empty, 137,000 pounds loaded with 18,000 pounds of bombs. Dimensions: wingspan 141 feet 3 inches, length 99 feet 0 inches, height 27 feet 9 inches, wing area 1736 square feet. Armament: two 0.50-inch machine guns in the tail, with provision for two 0.50-inch guns in the mid-fuselage pressurized area. Bombload was typically 20,000 pounds, although with a mix of high explosive and incendiaries, this could be increased to 22,800 pounds.
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