Movie Monday – April 12 – B-29 Superfortress

This week’s Movie Monday takes you inside the development, deployment and evolution of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress. The film begins with the need for a strategic bomber after the 1942 Doolittle Raid on Tokyo and the Renton-based development of the XB-29. The 55-min documentary also takes you inside the production process for this massive bomber. The documentary looks at this at the operational history in World War II, including its role in dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945.

The B-29 was quite sought after as the aircraft was reverse engineered by the Soviets to create the Tupolev Tu-4 bomber, creating a Russian carbon copy of the bomber after three separate B-29s made emergency landings in Soviet territory following raids on Japan. Also explored is the B-29′s role as a mother ship for the Bell X-1 and other experimental aircraft in the skies over Edwards Air Force Base.
Later in its life the aircraft served as an US Air Force tanker, as well as the inspiration for the Model 377 Stratocruiser.
Parts two through five are after the jump.

4 Responses to Movie Monday – April 12 – B-29 Superfortress

  1. Vitor Freesz April 12, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    Wow… the first minutes are just breath-taking!!!

  2. Mark April 12, 2010 at 11:44 am #

    Thank you for this. I was recently at the Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles airport and was really moved by seeing the Enola Gay.

  3. Milt Martin April 12, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    Learn more about how/where the crews of these B-29′s were trained by viewing this video:

  4. Bud Farrell August 26, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    Flew an exact 101 flights, training and combat, in
    B-29s. Great films but with slight but some then typical exaggerations of operational speed and altitude limits of the 29, created originally by Boeing and too many authors duplicating these errors. The 29 usually flew with a full bomb load at about 210 MPH, and more likely at 25,000 feet rather than 350 MPH and at 30,000 feet. Originally designed to takeoff at approx. 120,000 pounds, during Korean War operations out of Kadena AFB on Okinawa in 1952,after October 23rd 1951 North Korean Namsi Airfield mission, and last of regular daylight missions, with significant losses to Mig-15s,in 1952 we invariably took off at dusk at 144,000 pounds . usually carrying 39- 500 pounders or 192 -100 pounders, with 3 photoflash bombs, most missions 9 to 10-1/2 hours. Also flew as AIr refueling Operator in KB-29s refueling B-50s in 1953 with original British Hose system BEFORE probe & drogue!
    Bud Farrell, Georgetown, Texas, Author NO SWEAT,
    B-29 Combat Crew Memoir Phone 512-591-7731