B-29 Superfortresses

Watch this clip of a USAF B-29 dropping the VB-13 Tarzon bomb, the American guided variant of the British 12,000-pound Tall Boy

Watch this clip of a USAF B-29 dropping the VB-13 Tarzon bomb, the American guided variant of the British 12,000-pound Tall Boy

The B-29 Superfortress Designed in 1940 as an eventual replacement for the B-17 and B-24, the first B-29 made its… Read More

4 months ago

Almost nothing went right: the first, unsuccessful B-29 raid on Tokyo (led by former commander of Memphis Belle)

The first B-29 raid on Tokyo On November 24, 1944, the Twentieth Air Force made its first attack on Tokyo,… Read More

5 months ago

Here’s why the B-29 remote controlled turrets were worse than B-17 and B-24 manned turrets in protecting the aircraft from enemy fighters

B-29 Superfortress remote controlled turrets. Designed in 1940 as an eventual replacement for the B-17 and B-24, the first B-29… Read More

7 months ago

The day 18 MiG-15s prevented a formation of TARZON-loaded B-29s to destroy two bridges over the Yalu River

The TARZON First developed in 1946, the enormous VB-13 TARZON offered much greater destructive power than the VB-3 RAZON on… Read More

10 months ago

The California Parachute, the tail assembly that acted as (non-textile) parachute to retard the descent of both Little Boy and Fat Man atomic bombs

Little Boy and Fat Man atomic bombs The Mk I bomb, nicknamed "Little Boy," was the first nuclear weapon used… Read More

11 months ago

Did you know 414 B-29s were lost bombing Japan? For every Superfortress lost to the enemy, almost two were lost to accidents and crashes.

B-29s were primarily used in the Pacific theater during World War II. As many as 1,000 Superfortresses at a time… Read More

2 years ago

Did you know that in the 1960s China used the Soviet copy of the B-29 to intercept CIA B-17 and P-2 Spy Flights from Taiwan?

The Tupolev Tu-4 was the Soviet copy of the four-engined B-29. In 1952, ten of them were transferred to China… Read More

2 years ago

Impressive video shows USAF B-29 dropping the VB-13 Tarzon bomb, the American guided variant of the British 12,000-pound Tall Boy

The VB-13 Tarzon was essentially a British 12,000-pound Tall Boy bomb fitted with forward and rear shrouds having control surfaces… Read More

2 years ago

Former C-87 pilot remembers the disastrous beginning of B-29 operations against Japan

‘The B-29 crews were cocky—at first. But as time wore on and accidents began to take their toll, the boys… Read More

3 years ago

The story of the T-12 Cloudmaker, the 44,000 lb earthquake bomb carried by the B-36 Peacemaker

Based on the British designed 22,000lb (10,000kg) Grand Slam developed by British aeronautical engineer Barnes Wallis during the Second World… Read More

3 years ago

Remembering the Washington bomber: why RAF never liked the iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress

“Washington” was the Royal Air Force (RAF) designation for the famous Boeing B-29, one example of which, the Enola Gay,… Read More

3 years ago

Here’s why the B-29 could have had a higher loss rate than the B-17 and B-24 over Germany in 1943

The B-29 was primarily used in the Pacific theater during World War II but how would it have fared in… Read More

3 years ago

The story of Cross Country, the only YB-29 Bomber Escorter ever built

While waiting for an effective long-range fighter escort to be developed, the USAAC directed in August 1941 that each new… Read More

4 years ago

These photos show why the XF-85 Goblin “parasite” fighter was the most bizarre aircraft ever built

The McDonnell Aircraft Corp. developed the XF-85 Goblin "parasite" fighter to protect B-36 bombers flying far beyond the range of… Read More

4 years ago

Here’s Why LeMay (and not MacArthur) Had Tactical Control of the Super Weapon that Played a Pivotal Role in Defeating Imperial Japan

Because of disappointing results garnered from high-altitude B-29 bombing using high-explosive ordnance, LeMay decided to switch to low-altitude incendiary missions…… Read More

5 years ago

Soviet MiG-15 Pilot explains how he was able to Shoot Down a USAF B-29 Bomber during the Korean War

‘The escorting pilots appeared to be cowards. If we forced them into a pair or a group of four aircraft,… Read More

5 years ago

THIS DAY IN AVIATION HISTORY: THE ENOLA GAY AND THE ATOMIC BOMBING OF HIROSHIMA

The Enola Gay lurched as the the 10,000 pounds Mk I bomb, nicknamed “Little Boy,” dropped out of the bomb… Read More

7 years ago