A B-29 Named FIFI

This is a great video for airplane nuts. 

Go to full screen and it can still be seen clearly. 

I’m amazed that the B-29 did not have direct nose wheel steering.  Listen (and see) carefully as the guy describes how they jockey the throttles during takeoff to stay on the runway. 

Another really interesting thing is that they designed it so the pilot has to make huge control inputs for the flight surfaces move just a little — mainly as a result of not having any control system boost at all.  Watch the pilot’s inputs during landing. 

             B-29! This is really good.  



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