The Boeing B29 Superfortress - Wings of Destruction (American War Eagles Series) [DVD]
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress was the most advanced bomber aircraft to see operational service during World War II. It was the first of the true "Heavy Bombers", and the first bomber with pressurised crew compartments. It differed from its predecessors by the use of remotely controlled machine gun turrets. Designed in 1940 as an eventual replacement for the B-17 and B-24, the first one built made its maiden flight on September 21 1942. In December 1943, it was decided not to use the B-29 in the European theatre, thereby permitting the aircraft to be sent to the Pacific area, where its great range made it particularly suited for the long attack flights to Japan from its bases in China. During the last two months of 1944, B-29s began operating against Japan from the islands of Saipan, Guam and Tinian. The B-29s "Enola Gay" and "Bock's Car" became the only two aircraft to drop atomic weapons during wartime. This occurred in August 1945, with the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Another B-29 dropped an atomic bomb in the Bikini atomic tests of July 1946.
Running Time: 52 minutes
Region: Region 2
Release Date: 31 Mar. 2014
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