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The Enola Gay: The B-29 That Dropped the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima
By Norman Polmar

In this publication of the National Air and Space Museum, the author (a defense analyst) focuses on this historic B-29's characteristics and its restoration for exhibition in the museum's newest center more than its controversial mission. He includes comments from the exhibit's curator and museum director on the aircraft, many photos, a glossary, complete history, chronology, and technical specifications.

 

 

B-29 Superfortress Units of the Korean War
By Robert F. Dorr and Mark Styling

This book is the story of a majestic bomber of the propeller era flying perilous combat missions against a sleek, nimble warplane of the jet age, the Soviet MiG-15. A very heavy bomber and a sky giant during World War II, at that time the B-29 was the most advanced combat aircraft in the world. By the time North Korea attacked its southern neighbor in 1950, the B-29 had been reclassified a medium bomber. Many of its crew members had fought their war and settled down to raise families and begin careers only to be recalled to fight another war on a distant Asian peninsula.

 

 

Building the B-29
by Jacob Vander Meulen

This interesting book details the B-29 as an industrial phenomenon -- how its design and construction aided a nation struggling to win a very expensive war. The economic implications of the B-29 project were enormous, and this book shows you why.

 

 

Boeing B-29 Superfortress (Warbird Tech Series #14)
by Peter M. Bowers

One of a series of layman's guides to military aircraft, this text on the Boeing B-29 Superfortress includes de-classified military schematics, detailed technical specifications, original military design illustrations, photographs from assembly line to flight line and behind-the-scenes information.

 

 

The B-29 Superfortress: A Comprehensive Registry of the Planes and their Missions
By Robert A. Mann

This book, as its name suggests, details each B-29 that rolled off Boeing's assembly lines, including their service lives, units under which they served and, in many cases, their final dispositions.

 

 

Boeing B-29 Superfortress
By Steven Pace

This is the complete history of this extraordinarily advanced aircraft, and includes full details of its design and manufacture and service with American and British air forces during World War Two, the Korean War and after.

 

 

Boeing B-29 Superfortress -- The Ultimate Look: From Drawing Board to VJ-Day
By William Wolf

 

 

Birds From Hell: History of the B-29
by Wilbur H. Morrison

Recounts the development of the airplane that changed history. Loaded with personal stories by the author, who spent 500 combat hours in the B-29 as a navigator. A magnificent book on many levels.

 

 

B-29: Frozen in Time
(DVD Video, 56 minutes)

This video documentary tells the incredible story of the discovery and attempted recovery of a B-29 which was abandoned on a Greenland ice cap after an emergency landing nearly 50 years ago. This is a gripping, touching story that every warbird enthusiast should see.

 

 

Boeing B-17, B-29 & Lancaster (Legends of the Air #2)
by Stewart Wilson

This book is the second of the Legends of the Air series, which narrates the operational and development histories of the most important strategic bombers of WWII. Legends of the Air Volume 2 features approximately 70,000 words detailing the three famous bombers, 48 specially commissioned color side-view drawings, specification and production tables, maps of areas of operations, and hundreds of photographs.

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