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By Graham M. Simons

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress used to be a four-engined heavy bomber flown essentially through the U.S. in global struggle and the Korean struggle. The B-29 remained in provider in a variety of roles in the course of the Nineteen Fifties. The British Royal Air strength flew the B-29 and used the identify Washington for the kind, and the Soviet Union produced an unlicensed replica because the Tupolev Tu-4. The identify «Superfortress» used to be derived from that of its famous predecessor, the B-17 Flying fort. The B-29 was once the progenitor of a sequence of Boeing-built bombers, reconnaissance airplane, running shoes and tankers together with the version, B-50 Superfortress.

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Critical labour shortages existed; it was known that most Superfortress builders would possess no previous experience in factory work. Developing Defensive Armament A remotely-controlled armament system had been adopted for the Model 345, since manned turrets were rejected as being impractical for the altitudes at which the B-29 would be operating. 5-inch machine guns. A fifth turret was in the tail and was under direct control of a tail gunner. 50-inch machine guns and one 20-mm cannon. Four companies competed for the contract to develop the armament system: Bendix, General Electric, Sperry, and Westinghouse.

After performing a myriad of calculations during March, April and May, Boeing designers came to the reluctant conclusion that the long propeller shafts required in Models 333-A, 333-B and 334 would introduce disadvantageous features; also that because of the thick, high-drag wing - brought about by the submerged engines -many of the aerodynamic gains of the submerged engines were more theoretical than real. Even those gains would be negated by the additional weight occasioned by cutting the wing structure to receive the engines.

The old adage of ‘High wing loading means dangerously high landing speeds,’ had been around for a long time. But before engineers had completely explored their next design. Model 334-A, they had convinced themselves that wing loading in a practical sense was largely a state of mind, all other things being equal. Their exploration persuaded them that once the highly loaded wing was safely air borne, high wing loading had wonderful virtues in low drag and great range. Their problem was to design a wing flap to assist the take-off and reduce the landing distance.

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