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Boeing B-29 Superfortress Bombers in WWII


Annie Zanter

on 19 April 2011

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Transcript of Boeing B-29 Superfortress Bombers in WWII

B-29 Superfortress Bombers in WWII The B-29 Superfortress was a long-range heavy bomber used by the United States in WWII. It was one of the largest airplanes in service at that time. It was the primary aircraft used by the U.S. against Japan in the final months of WWII. It was designed as a high-altitude daytime bomber, but it was mostly used for low-altitude nighttime bombing missions. It was well known as the kind of plane that dropped the atomic bombs on Japan. "Fat Man" "Little Boy" Stats: 99 feet long 141 foot wingspan 120,000 pounds 357 mph fast Carries 20,000 pounds of bombs 11 crew members The objective of this presentation is to imform you about a very influential type of airplane in WWII. Women were trained as pilots to fly non-combat missions in order to free male pilots for combat missions. They ferried planes (including the B-29) from the manufacturing plants to military bases. The two B-29s that dropped the bombs were called "Enola Gay" (Hiroshima) and "Boxscar" (Nagasaki.) Nagasaki Hiroshima The Two Atomic Bombs Pressurized cabin The B-29s were used mainly in the pacific front during WWII: China, Japan, and other islands. Here is a video of one of the atomic bombs exploding. Here's a video showing the inside of a B-29 factory from the viewpoint of the workers. Overall, the B-29 Superfortress was a very influential plane in WWII. Here are some follow-up questions to go with the presentation. You can discuss them with your friends. If you got the chance, would you have wanted to be a pilot of a B-29 in WWII, and why? Imagine you were one of the pilots that dropped the atomic bombs on Japan. How would you feel about what you did? (guilty, content, neutral, etc.) Thanks for Watching! End
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