From Curious Droid.
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Although the B-29 Superfortress was the most advanced propeller-driven bomber of WW2, it also was a rush job to get into production as the war in the Pacific intensified. This opened it up to mistakes in lots of areas, but in particular, the Curtis-Wright R-3350 engines, which caused the death of one of the world’s top test pilots and his crew during prototype testing and many other crews during operations, an issue that wasn’t fully resolved until after the war.
Was the B-29 a failure? We look at the issues and what was done to fix them.
Written, researched and presented by Paul Shillito
Images and footage : Boeing, Consolidated Aircraft ,NACA, USAAC, US DoD
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