Friday, September 02, 2016

September 2, 1945: Japan surrendered and we remember the B-29, the plane that changed World War II

Some of us grew up watching "Twelve O'Clock High", a great 1960's show about the US Air Force in World War II.

Today, we remember the B-29, or the super-fortress that had such an impact against Germany and Japan.

Check this from History.com:

"On this day in 1942, the U.S. B-29 Superfortress makes its debut flight in Seattle, Washington. It was the largest bomber used in the war by any nation......

The plane was extraordinary, able to carry loads almost equal to its own weight at altitudes of 30,000 to 40,000 feet. It contained a pilot console in the rear of the plane, in the event the front pilot was knocked out of commission. It also sported the first radar bombing system of any U.S. bomber.......

But the most famous, or perhaps infamous, use of the B-29 would come in August, as it was the only plane capable of delivering a 10,000-pound bomb—the atomic bomb.

The Enola Gay and the Bock's Car took off from the Marianas, on August 6 and 9, respectively, and flew into history."

It was a historic aircraft.  It was also a wonder of engineering!  It was 99 feet long and with a range of over 3600 miles!

The B-29 was eventually replaced by the B-52, the chief bomber used as recently as the first Iraq War.

On August 6, 1945, "The Enola Gay", a B-29 named after Captain Tibbets's mother, (Enola Gay Tibbets) dropped the first of two atomic bombs in Japan. 



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