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The Boeing B-29 Superfortress (ICAO: B29 / WAKE: HEAVY) is a four-engine propeller-driven heavy bomber. Created in Second Life by Milestone Aircraft, the aircraft was based on the real-life B-29 Superfortress designed by Boeing.

Background

Flown primarily by the United States during World War II and the Korean War, the real-life Boeing B-29 Superfortress was one of the largest aircraft operational during World War II and very advanced for its time. It featured a pressurized cabin, all dual wheeled, tricycle landing gears, and a remote, electronic fire-control system that controlled four machine gun turrets. A manned tail gun installation was semi-remote. The name "Superfortress" continued the pattern Boeing started with its well-known predecessor, the B-17 Flying Fortress. Designed for high-altitude strategic bomber role, the B-29 also excelled in low-altitude nighttime incendiary bombing missions. One of the B-29's final roles during World War II was carrying out the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Due to the B-29's highly advanced design for its time, unlike many other World War II-era bombers, the Superfortress remained in service long after the war ended, with a few even being employed as flying television transmitters for the Stratovision company. The B-29 served in various roles throughout the 1950s. The Royal Air Force flew the B-29 as the Washington until phasing out the type in 1954. The Soviet Union produced an unlicensed reverse-engineered copy as the Tupolev Tu-4. The B-29 was the progenitor of a series of Boeing-built bombers, transports, tankers, reconnaissance aircraft and trainers including the B-50 Superfortress (the first aircraft to fly around the world non-stop) which was essentially a re-engined B-29. The type was finally retired in the early 1960s. The B-29 production total was 3,970 aircraft. Dozens of B-29s remain as static displays but only one example, Fifi, remains on flying status. As of 2015, another B-29 is being restored for flight.[1]

Features

  • Working lighting (landing, beacon and navigation lights).
  • Animated components (functioning landing gear, bomb-doors, propellers, ailerons, elevators, rudder, and flaps).
  • VICE/TCS combat systems with: standard bombs, atomic bombs, topside turret machine-gun, and tail machine-gun.
  • Included prop accessories:
    • "Little boy" atomic bomb.
  • Flight safe mode (optional).

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See also

References

  1. Boeing B-29 Superfortress (English). Wikipedia. Retrieved on 2015-11-21.

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