Used during world War II, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress was one of the most advanced aircraft of its time. It featured a tail gunner that could only be entered or exited at high altitudes, and guns that could be fired using a remote control.
The B-29 Superfortress was built in 1940, and shortly thereafter it entered World War II. The B-29 had two crew areas that were pressurized and joined by a long tube that allowed crew member to crawl between them. Each aircraft had eight .50 caliber machine guns and could carry 20,000 pounds of bombs.
The B-29 had a maximum speed of 357 miles per hour and a cruising speed of 220 miles per hour. It had a 3,700 mile range and a 33,600 foot ceiling. Each engine on the B-29 was a Wright R-3500 that put out 2,200 horsepower. The plane had a maximum weight of 133,500 pounds and was 99 feet long and 27 feet tall.
The B-29 was designed to replace the B-17 and the B-24. It made its maiden voyage in 1942. Having demonstrated strength in battle during world War II, the B-29 was also used during the Korean War in the 1950s.
The B-29 was retired after the Korean War and left service in 1960.