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B-29

Boeing B-29 Superfortress " Bocks Car "by Minicraft 1:144

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress design began in 1940, to fill a need for a high altitude long range bomber to replace the B-17 and B-24. The XB-29 prototype first flew in September of 1942. Tests continued into 1943. Test pilot Eddie Allen was killed when the second XB-29 crashed. In march of 1944 the first squadrons of the 20th Air Force were directed to India. American ground forces captured the Mariana islands in the Pacific.

B-29 production ceased with the end of the war. A total of 3,970 were built. The B-29 was powered by four 19 cylinder Wright Double Cyclone engines. Each engine was rated at 2,300 h.p. Armament consisted of ten .5 in machine guns in remote controlled turrets. The B-29's length is 99 ft., with a wingspan of 141 ft.

North American P-51D " Mustang " by Testors 1:48

P-51 MustangThe early P-51's were originally used for ground attack. They were powered by an Allison engine. Then in 1943 the powerplant was upgraded with the British Merlin engine. Pictured is the aircraft of Clarence "Bud" Anderson. He scored 16 1/2 victories during his career with the 357th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force. Armament consisted of six .50 caliber machine guns.

 

Republic P-47D " Thunderbolt " Razorback by Revell 1:48

P-47The P-47 Thunderbolt or " Jug" was one of the most rugged fighters of WWII. It was powered by a 2,300 h.p. Pratt & Whitney R-2800 air cooled 18 cylinder radial engine. It was armed with eight .50 caliber machine guns. Its max speed was 426 m.p.h. at 30,000 ft. Service ceiling was 40,000 ft, with a range of 800 miles. It weighed 9,900 lbs empty and 17,000 lbs fully loaded.