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Boeing B-29 Superfortress (N69972) - At Barksdale Air Force Base. First time seeing "Doc". Stunning! First photos of "Doc" on FA.
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Boeing B-29 Superfortress (N69972)


At Barksdale Air Force Base. First time seeing "Doc". Stunning! First photos of "Doc" on FA.


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How many of us know that the total cost of the B-29 Superfortress program exceeded the cost of the vaunted "Manhattan Project" by well over 1 billion USD... and that's 1940's dollars!!!
ppickPhoto Uploader
That is a staggering dollar amount! I just can't believe out of almost 4000 B-29's built, that there are only two that are airworthy.
That's true, Paul... and yes, only two of that number are actually flying today.

Also, I'll wager that huge dollar amount did not include the cost of the "back-up" bomber program for Boeing's B-29 should it fail, which was Consolidated's B-32 Dominator.
Great shot! 5*
ppickPhoto Uploader
Thank you Dave!
Alan Brown
Great shot of "Doc" in the air. First shot I have seen of Doc since Wichita. Thank you for posting it.
ppickPhoto Uploader
Many thanks Alan. Beautiful "new" aircraft!
Awesome photo.
ppickPhoto Uploader
Thank you Rick!
Geoffrey PEARSON
'Fifi' has a new playmate!
John mcGeoghan
4000 wow everyday is a learning day!
When was last operational?
Were they ever sold on to other air forces?
Bror Monberg
For John McGeohan...at the end of WW2 the B29 was the world's most advanced bomber, with cabin pressure for instance. In 1944 Russians confiscated 3 B29's from an emergency landing in the USSR and refused to return them. They reverse engineered the B29, rivet for rivet, making 847 EXACT copies. It was called the Tupolev 4...NATO name 'Bull'.
Lucius Gravely
"Pap-Pap" as the grandchildren called him or just "Ernie" as everyone else who knew him, would have loved that picture. Lt.Col. Ernest E. Booth flew those in Korea and told me stories about them.
As for numbers: over 18,000 B-24's were built and there are only 2 flying today.
Lucius Gravely - Your production total is close for the Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft.

According to Boeing's records and website, only 3,970 B-29 Superfortress aircraft were built...

"Boeing built a total of 2,766 B-29s at plants in Wichita, Kan., (previously the Stearman Aircraft Co., merged with Boeing in 1934) and in Renton, Wash. The Bell Aircraft Co. built 668 of the giant bombers in Georgia, and the Glenn L. Martin Co. built 536 in Nebraska. Production ended in 1946."

Geoffrey PEARSON
Great to see 'Fifi' will have a playmate.
John mcGeoghan
Thank you bro. Love the new learning for us all.
John mcGeoghan - as regarding other operators, Wiki shows that 87 B-29 Superfortress were loaned to the U.K., who operated this type as the Washington B.1. Of those 87, the Royal Australian Air Force acquired 2 former R.A.F. aircraft for trials.

As Bror Monberg related, the Soviet Union copied the B-29 and put their version into production. They could be considered as an operator of a B-29... if the Tu-4 "Bull" is accepted as a "true" B-29. There were some material differences, however, in that the Tupolev design bureau used different engines, different defensive armament, and their "reverse engineering" endeavor had to adapt to metric thickness and gauges of Soviet aluminum.

The U.S. Navy acquired 4 from the U.S. Air Force in 1947 and operated these as P2B-1S patrol bombers. These 4 aircraft were given U.S. Navy bureau numbers. One was configured as a "mother ship" for the Navy's D-558-2 Douglas Skyrocket research aircraft. Test pilot Scott Crossfield exceeded mach 2 in the Navy's Skyrocket in 1953. Two of the others were subsequently modified as anti-submarine patrol bombers and redesignated as a P2B-2S by the Navy.
jesse kyzer
1944 BOEING B-29
THANK YOU! to everyone who help keep these Ol birds flying.
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25-07-2021 UnknownKalamazoo/Battle Creek Intl ()Gerald R Ford Intl () 17h00 EDT 17h23 EDT 0:22
25-07-2021 UnknownKalamazoo/Battle Creek Intl ()Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Intl () 11h14 EDT 11h44 EDT 0:29
25-07-2021 UnknownKalamazoo/Battle Creek Intl ()Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Intl () 09h01 EDT 09h31 EDT 0:30
24-07-2021 UnknownKalamazoo/Battle Creek Intl ()Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Intl () 10h58 EDT 11h28 EDT 0:29
24-07-2021 UnknownKalamazoo/Battle Creek Intl ()Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Intl () 08h54 EDT 09h24 EDT 0:29
22-07-2021 UnknownBurke Lakefront ()Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Intl () 15h57 EDT 17h10 EDT 1:13
22-07-2021 UnknownBurke Lakefront ()Burke Lakefront () 10h48 EDT 11h19 EDT 0:31
22-07-2021 UnknownBurke Lakefront ()Burke Lakefront () 09h04 EDT 09h35 EDT 0:31
21-07-2021 UnknownBurke Lakefront ()Burke Lakefront () 17h46 EDT 18h15 EDT 0:28
21-07-2021 UnknownBurke Lakefront ()Burke Lakefront () 10h51 EDT 11h20 EDT 0:29
21-07-2021 UnknownBurke Lakefront ()Burke Lakefront () 08h57 EDT 09h25 EDT 0:28
19-07-2021 UnknownCincinnati Muni ()Burke Lakefront () 12h29 EDT 13h42 EDT 1:12
18-07-2021 UnknownCincinnati Muni ()Cincinnati Muni () 17h17 EDT 17h53 EDT 0:36
18-07-2021 UnknownCincinnati Muni ()Cincinnati Muni () 11h11 EDT 11h47 EDT 0:36
18-07-2021 UnknownCincinnati Muni ()Cincinnati Muni () 09h11 EDT 09h48 EDT 0:36
17-07-2021 UnknownCincinnati Muni ()Cincinnati Muni () 18h21 EDT 18h55 EDT 0:33
17-07-2021 UnknownCincinnati Muni ()Cincinnati Muni () 17h00 EDT 17h31 EDT 0:31
17-07-2021 UnknownCincinnati Muni ()Cincinnati Muni () 12h55 EDT 13h29 EDT 0:34
17-07-2021 UnknownCincinnati Muni ()Cincinnati Muni () 11h18 EDT 11h51 EDT 0:32
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