This particular one B-29, Bockscar, dropped the Fat Man atomic bomb on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. On the above photo, you can see the see the model of the A-bomb next to the beautifully restored plane. There is another restored B-29s who is almost as famous, B-29 Enola Gay and you can see her at the Smithsonian Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center or read my other post about her.
The design of this beautiful bomber revolutionized the way we look not only on the military planes but the entire aviation. B-29 was the most complicated flying machine that man build in its time. It surpassed all the predecessors in the weight of ordinance it could carry – almost 20,000 pounds. The range of the Superfortress was also amazing – it was over 3000 miles.
There were almost 4,000 various variants of B-29 produced and the bomber saw action during World War II and Korean War. Soviet Union really like the design and decided to reverse engineer it and Tupolev Tu-4 was the name of the Soviet copy.
Here are other posts from the National Museum of USAF (modern military airplane, Cold War and Vietnam Era Planes and WW II aircraft) posts the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center – this place is not getting old 🙂 (Vought F4-1D Corsair, Horten HO III F, Panoramas of Museum, Restoring the glory, WW II airplanes, Modern Military aircraft). Enjoy!