Boeing B-29 Superfortress

Pima Air and Space Museum Tucson Arizona

 Introduction

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress is a 4 engine propeller driven bomber  in World War II.  It was one of the largest aircraft and most advanced in the War.  It featured a pressurized cabin, tricycle landing gear, a remote electronic fire control system that controlled four machine gun turrets.

Although the B-29 was designed for high altitude strategic bombing, it was also used for low altitude incendiary bombing missions.  One of the final missions of World War II was to deliver the first used atomic bomb to Hiroshima and Nagasaki that ended the war.

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Lockheed 10A Electria

 INTRODUCTION

The Lockheed  Electra 10 (not to be confused with the later Lockheed Electra II Turbo-prop) was a mid-30’s entry into the airline market with such others as the slightly larger Boeing 247 and Douglas DC-2.

The Electra was first flown in February 1934.    There were a total of 149 Electras built of various models and designation.  Amelia Earhart used a Lockheed 10E Electra in her around-the-world attempt in 1937.  She disappeared in the South Pacific in that year.

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Boeing B-17 Flyingfortress

INTRODUCTION

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was a long range bomber that was developed in the 1930s.    The B-17G has a defensive firepower of not less than thirteen 0.50-inch machine guns, two chin guns, two guns in the dorsal turret, two guns in the ventral turret, two guns in the waist, two guns in the tail and one gun in the roof of the radio operator’s position.

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