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Boeing B-29 Superfortress Photographs

The first B-29 prototype made its maiden flight from Boeing Field in Seattle on September 21, 1942. Initial models were plagued with problems, and faced a constant series of modifications. The most common cause of maintenance headaches and catastrophic failures was the engine.

A total of 3,970 B-29s were built. Boeing built 2,766 B-29s at plants in Wichita, Kansas and Renton, Washington. The Bell Aircraft Co. built 668 Superfortresses in Georgia, and the Glenn L. Martin Co. built 536 in at its plant in Omaha, Nebraska.

In wartime, the B-29 was capable of flight up to 31,850 feet at speeds of 350 mph. Designed as a high-altitude daytime bomber, the B-29 flew more low-altitude nighttime incendiary bombing missions.

The B-29 is most known by many for two missions that occurred in August 1945, over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that lead to the end of World War II. 

The last B-29 in squadron use retired from service in September 1960.

Photographs of Restored B-29 Superfortress Bombers

B-29 "Bockscar" at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio
B-29 "Bockscar"
Nose art on the B-29 "Bockscar"
Nose art on the left nose area of the B-29 "Bockscar"
Close-up view of the bombadier station on the B-29 Superfortress "Bockscar"
Close up view of the bombardier station on the B-29 "Bockscar"
Left front fuselage view of the B-29 "Enola Gay" at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Washington, D.C.
Left front fuselage view of the B-29 "Enola Gay" at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Washington, D.C.
B-29 "Enola Gay" at the Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C.
B-29 "Enola Gay" at the Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C.
Nose art on the B-29 "Enola Gay" at the Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport
B-29 "Enola Gay" at the Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport
B-29 "Sentimental Journey" at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona
B-29 "Sentimental Journey"
B-29 "Peachy" at the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Musuem
B-29 "Peachy"
B-29 "Raz'n Hell" at the Castle Air Museum in Atwater, California
B-29 "Raz'n Hell" in Atwater, California
Cockpit view of the B-29 Superfortress "Tinker's Heritage" S/N 427343
in the markings of the 57th Weather Recon Squadron
at the entrance to Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City
B-29 Superfortress "Tinker's Heritage" S/N 427343
B-29 Superfortress "Tinker's Heritage" S/N 427343
at the Charles B. Hall Airpark at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Front view of the B-29 Superfortress "Tinker's Heritage" S/N 427343
Boeing B-29 Superfortress S/N 487627, Buzz Number BF-627, at the Global Power Museum
Boeing B-29 Superfortress S/N 487627, Buzz Number BF-627
View from the aft section of the B-29 Superfortress "Legal Eagle II", Buzz Number BF-112, South Dakota Air & Space Museum
View from the aft section of the B-29 Superfortress "Legal Eagle II", Buzz Number BF-112
Boeing B-29 Superfortress S/N 487627 at the Global Power Museum
Boeing B-29 Superfortress S/N 487627
B-29 "Hagarty's Hag" at the Hill Aerospace Museum in Ogden, Utah at Hill Air Force Base
B-29 "Hagarty's Hag"
B-29 "Hagarty's Hag" at the Hill Aerospace Museum in Ogden, Utah at Hill Air Force Base
B-29 "Hagarty's Hag" in Utah
B-29 "Hagarty's Hag" at the Hill Aerospace Museum in Ogden, Utah at Hill Air Force Base
B-29 "Duke of Albuquerque" at the National Museum of Nuclear History in Albuquerque, New Mexico
B-29 "Duke of Albuquerque"
B-29 Superfortress, S/N 44-84053,
at the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base, Warner-Robins, Georgia
B-29 Superfortress, S/N 44-84053 at Robins AFB in Georgia
B-29 "T-Square 54" at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington (May 2013)
(photo by the PlanesOfThePast staff)
B-29 "T-Square 54" in Seattle, Washington
Boeing WB-50D, S/N 49-0310, a later variant of the B-29, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Boeing WB-50D, S/N 49-0310, a later variant of the B-29

XB-29 Photo

Boeing XB-29, S/N 41-002, seen at Boeing Field in Seattle, on October 1, 1942
Boeing XB-29, S/N 41-002, seen at Boeing Field in Seattle, on October 1, 1942

Photos by Our Friends and Supporters

B-29 Superfortress "Gettin Ready" 5358 with crew photo (photo by Bob Pile)
B-29 Superfortress "Gettin Ready" 5358 with crew photo
Reverse of the "Gettin Ready" photo with crew names
The airplane commander was 1st Lt. Robert B. Pile of Minneapolis, Minnesota
B-29 Superfortress "Gettin Ready" 5358 with crew photo

B-29 Superfortress Photos - From Sandra McLeod

Read more about Sandra's father, Sgt. Edward Michael Jankowski at Ancestry.com

Crew 181 of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress 4564 ... Oahu Avenger
Boeing B-29 Superfortress 4564 ... Oahu Avenger
Crew W-181 of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress 4722 ... Calumet Chief
Boeing B-29 Superfortress 4722 ... Calumet Chief
Sgt. Edward Jankowski and a Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Sgt. Edward Jankowski and a Boeing B-29 Superfortress

B-29 Assembly Line Photos

Boeing B-29 Assembly Line
Boeing B-29 Assembly Line (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)
Boeing B-29 Assembly Line
Boeing B-29 Assembly Line (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)
Boeing B-29 Assembly Line
Boeing B-29 Assembly Line (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)
Completed Boeing B-29 Superfortresses parked at the Boeing-Wichita Plant
Boeing B-29 Superfortresses parked on tarmac at the Boeing-Wichita Plant

Photos of the B-29 Superfortress on Deployment

Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Classic WWII military bomber nose art featuring a likeness of actress Jane Russell on the B-29 Superfortress "The Outlaw" from the 1941 movie of the same name. The nose art was painted on B-29 S/N 42-65306 of the 28th Bomb Squadron, 19th Bomb Group. The aircraft later crashed on takeoff in 1951.
Classic WWII military bomber nose art featuring a likeness of actress Jane Russell on the B-29 Superfortress "The Outlaw" from the 1941 movie of the same name. The nose art was painted on B-29 S/N 42-65306 of the 28th Bomb Squadron, 19th Bomb Group. The aircraft later crashed on takeoff in 1951.
Nose art on B-29 Superfortress "Sic 'Em"
Nose art on B-29 Superfortress "Sic 'Em"
Boeing B-29s on the Tarmac
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Boeing B-29s parked on the tarmac during WWII
Boeing B-29s parked on the tarmac during WWII
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Boeing B-29s on the Flight Line
Boeing B-29s on the Flight Line
Boeing B-29 C3 at Alexandria Air Force Base (Photo provided by the Louisiana History Museum)
Boeing B-29 C3 at England Air Force Base (Photo courtesy of the Louisiana History Museum)
Boeing B-29 B3 at Alexandria Air Force Base (Photo by the Louisiana History Museum)
Boeing B-29 B3 at England Air Force Base (Photo courtesy of the Louisiana History Museum)

B-29s at the Iwo Jima airfield shortly after the United States captured the island, and built the airfield.
This photo was taken by a Navy Seebee working on the island building runways.
Photo has never been previously published.
Photo reprinted with permission from the Louisiana History Museum

B-29s at the Iwo Jima airfield shortly after the United States captured the island, and built the airfield
B-29-55-MO Superfortress S/N 44-86422 taxis while B-50D 4854 lands
at McClennan Field, Sacramento, California, circa 1948
(Photo used by permission of the photographer, William T. Larkins)
B-29 Superfortress S/N 44-86422 taxis while B-50D 4854 lands at McClennan Field, Sacramento, California, circa 1948

Photos of the B-29 in Desert Storage After World War II

Rows of cocooned B-29 Superfortress bombers in storage at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, circa 1950
Rows of cocooned B-29 Superfortress bombers in storage at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base boneyard, circa 1950
Rows of B-29 Superfortress bombers in desert storage after World War II - February, 1947 as reported in LIFE Magazine
Rows of B-29 Superfortress bombers in desert storage after World War II
Boeing B-29 "Bockscar" in storage at Davis-Monthan AFB
Now on display at the Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio
Boeing B-29 "Bockscar" in storage at Davis-Monthan AFB

B-29 Superfortress Historic Postcard

Historic Postcard: Boeing B-29 "Super Fortress" of the U.S. Army Air Forces
Historic Postcard: Boeing B-29 Super Fortress of the U.S. Army Air Forces


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