FS2002 Boeing B-29A Superfortress “Enola Gay”

Specially modified B-29A flown by Col. Paul Tibbetts to Hiroshima from Tinian in the Marianas on August 6, 1945.Full package including full moving parts, sound files and authentic instrument panel.
By DocBlake.

More about….Boeing B-29A Superfortress “Enola Gay” & History

Designed to replace the older B-17, the B-29 incorporated numerous new features. Pressurized crew compartments, flush riveting to streamline airflow over the aircraft, newly developed Wright Cyclone R-3350 Radial engines, and remotely sighted gun turrets are just a few of the changes that made up the “Superfortress”.


The long range bomber was introduced to the Air Force in 1940, but production was delayed to incorporate changes in armament and load. The first World War II B-29 raid was from specially designed bases in China on Japanese shipyards in Bangkok, Thailand in June 1944. The B-29’s were the first aircraft to bomb mainland Japan since Doolittle’s raid in 1942. The B-29 was not used in the European Theater of Operations due to the short flying distances.
The entire production of B-29s was commited to the Pacific Theater in an effort to crush the Japanese. Able to carry a bomb load of 20,000 lbs., B-29s flew from bases on Guam, Saipan and Tinian. The “Superfortresses’ bombed during the day and used incendiaries at night causing great fire storms in Tokyo, Kobe, Yokohama, and other target cities. The most destructive raid of World War II occurred when 334 B-29’s bombed Tokyo on 9-10 March 1945. 1.5 million people were left homeless and over 83,000 killed versus the 80,000 killed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined.
The most famous use of the B-29 “Superfortress” was on the 6th of August, 1945, when Colonel Paul Tibbets, piloting the B-29 “Enola Gay”, dropped the “Little Boy” atom bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing 75,000 people in a matter of seconds. On the 9th of August, 1945, the Japanese unconditionally surrendered to the Allied Armies. Five years later, in July of 1950, war between North and South Korea broke out. Again, the “Superfortress’ was called upon to provide aerial support. The B-29 was the only US produced bomber flown by a foreign country (Great Britain) in post World War II.
The B-29 at the March Field Museum is an A model serial number 44-61669. It was delivered to the USAAF on 5 May 1945 at the Boeing facility in Renton, Washington. Its last USAF assignment was with the 581st Air Resupply Group at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. It was transferred as a TB-29A trainer to the US Navy on 18 March 1956.
Our B-29 currently has the nose art of the “Mission Inn” painted on the starboard nose. (Click here to see more information about the “Mission Inn” B-29). This is the name of a famous hotel in neighboring Riverside, California, and was also the name applied to a former March Air Force Base – 22nd Bomb Wing “Superfortress” that served in the Korean War. When the museum’s B-29 (#44-61669) was recovered from the Gunnery ranges of the Naval Weapons Test Center – China Lake, California, in the mid 1970’s (it was flown to the March Field Museum in August 1981), its history was almost completely unknown. Because of the fact that there once was a B-29 stationed at March AFB with “Mission Inn” nose art, it seemed appropriate at the time (1981) to put that nose art on the museum’s B-29. But since learning of the airplane’s actual history in the 500th Bomb Group, including 11 combat missions during WWII, it seems more appropriate now to restore her original paint scheme of Z49 with nose art — Flagship “500”.
It should be noted that, at least with the 500th Bomb Group B-29’s, the tail numbers of the aircraft were based on the organization of the group and had nothing to do with the serial number of the aircraft. The shortest possible names were a letter followed by two numbers. So, for these B-29’s, a large letter was painted on the tail, often enclosed in a triangle or a circle, and the two numbers were painted on both sides of the nose. When a plane with a tail number like Z-49 was too damaged from one combat mission to fly the next, then another B-29 replaced it and was painted with Z-49. The museum’s B-29 (#44-61669) was the third aircraft to have the tail number of Z-49 because it replaced the B-29 (#44-69878) before it, which had replaced the first one (#42-24671). But the museum’s B-29 was the only Z-49 with “Flagship 500” nose art. It is significant that this aircraft had 11 combat missions during WWII and was the plane flown by the 500th Bomb Group Commander on his return to the U.S. at the end of the war.
In June 1999, the museum learned that #44-61669 had been assigned to and flown by crews of the 883rd Bomb Squadron, 500th Bomb Group, 73rd Bomb Wing on Saipan! It was “Z-49”, and had been called “Flagship 500.” In checking back through the 73rd BW history, there is a photo (shown below) of this B-29 on page 5 in the January 1987 73rd Bomb Wing Newsletter. It was taken during an enroute stopover in Hawaii during “Operation Sunset.” One of its crew members: Colonel Jack Dougherty, Commander of the 500th Bomb Group, was clearly shown in the photo and caption. In this photo, the B-29’s name appeared in the 73rd BW “ball-and spear” insignia on the port side of the nose.

TECHNIC COUNTER
Description:

Manufacturer: Boeing
Designation: B-29
Version: A
Nickname: Superfortress
Type: Bomber

Specifications:

Length: 99′ 0″ 30.17 M
Height: 27′ 9″ 8.46 M
Wingspan: 141′ 3″ 43.05 M
Wingarea: 1739.00 Sq Ft 161.54 Sq M
Empty Weight: 69610.0 lbs 31569.0 Kg
Gross Weight: 140000 lbs 63492.0 Kg
Max Weight: 141100lbs 63990.0 Kg

Propulsion:

No. of Engines: 4
Powerplant: Wright R-3350-57
Horsepower (each): 2200

COMMENT:

After flying four or three hours with this plane the Boeing B-29A Superfortress “Enola Gay” I have notice a few things to be corrected. Firstly the wheels when you accelerate in the runway, are blocked while the plane is moving fowards. Also the direction wheel if you turn the plane any side it will keep this wheel always looking fowards instead of turning. THis plane also has good detail side views with a good 3D pilot at your right. There is also a good detailed main panel. I have enjoyed alot flying with this plane I recomend you to download it from Ferdy’s page. There’s also another problem there is no virtual cabin.
My rating is 8/10



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