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<!--BEGIN SPECIFICATIONS--> B-29 Superfortress Specifications Primary Function: Bomber Contractor: Boeing Crew: 10 crew Unit Cost: $639,000 Powerplant Four 2,200-horsepower Wright Double Cyclone engines Dimensions Length: 99 feet Wingspan: 141 feet 3 inches Height: 27 feet 9 inches Weights Empty: 69,610 lb Maximum Takeoff: 105,000 pounds (140,000 pounds postwar) -- gross Performance Speed: 365 mph (mach 0.55) Ceiling: 31,850 feet Range: 5,830 miles Armament Eight .50-cal. machine guns in remote controlled turrets plus two .50-cal. machine guns and one 20mm cannon in tail; 20,000 lbs. of bombs. Service Life First Flight: September 21, 1942 (B-29) End of Service: 1960 Number Built: [3,970 total] <!--END SPECIFICATIONS--> <!--BEGIN ACHIEVEMENTS--> B-29 Superfortress Achievements The B-29 was the heaviest production plane because of increases in range, bomb load and defensive requirements. The B-29 Enola Gay dropped the world's first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. B-29 Bockscar dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki <!--END ACHIEVEMENTS--> <!--BEGIN FEATURES--> <!-- B-29 Superfortress Features --> <!--END FEATURES--> <!--BEGIN BACKGROUND--> <!-- B-29 Superfortress Background --> <!--END BACKGROUND-->
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