August 1944

B-29 Gives New Meaning to Air Power

Volume 28, Issue 8

Richard Wilcox

Warren H Goodman

The range of the new B-29 Superfortress is so great, its speed so high, and its bomb load so tremendous that the AAF had to create an entirely new air force to direct its operations.

The Superfortress is a four engine, mid-wing all metal monoplane with tricycle landing gear and is half again as large as the B-17 Flying Fortress. (See picture on page 58.)

The B-29's wing span is 151.2 ft., length 96 ft. and height 27 ft. In comparison, the B-17 Fortress has a wing span of 103 ft., length of 75 ft. and height of 19 ft.

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