B-29 Superfortress

Written by Rylee Newton
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The B-29 Superfortress was designed in 1940 as a replacement for the B-17 Super Fortress and the B-24 Liberator. Engineers decided it was best to use this aircraft over the Pacific area rather than in European combat. Because they have a large fuel storage capacity they were better for long-range flights over water. You can see pictures of these planes online, or at museums around the country.

The U.S. Air Force Museum features a B-29 Superfortress that was used during the Second World War to drop one of the Atom bombs. There's something about observing this plane first hand that strikes awe in all who gaze upon them. Because of the magnitude of importance of this plane in ending the war, you can't help but be moved by the experience of viewing it in person.

Honoring the Contribution of the B-29 Superfortress

You can find all kinds of collectibles to commemorate the B-29 Superfortress and the men who flew it. These make great gifts for people who have flown in the military, have fathers, sons, and grandfathers who fought in the war, and airplane enthusiasts. The many museums across the country that feature World War II exhibits often sell things like hats, coffee mugs and posters with pictures or illustrations of these airplanes.

There's only one of these planes flying today. It's a commemorative model that was rescued from a storage facility and is now on display around the country during much of the year. You can find out more information about this tour, and other facilities around the country that celebrate and honor this amazing aircraft.


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