Friday, April 21, 2017


I always thought the B29 was an enormous plane but the only one I ever saw was the Enola Gay. This picture, from strategy page, shows how incredibly small they were compared to the follow-on long range Air Force bomber.
Convair XB-36 parked beside Boeing B-29-55-BA (S/N 44-84027) for size comparison. (U.S. Air Force photo)


The Old Man said...

Size is good if you're dropping "Fat Man" nuclear weapons. And even more if you've got a "Goblin" in your bomb bay.
But the "Aluminum Overcast" is no longer flying operationally - unlike the "Bear". The BUFF is.

HMS Defiant said...

The Bear I recall was the D with the Downbeat. It was amazing to me what the detection and counterdetection ranges were on that radar back in the 80s.