Posts Tagged ‘b-29’

A B-29 Named FIFI

November 28, 2011

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.



April 30, 2011

An entire crew of a B-29 (12 aviators) was rescued by a US submarine after their plane was shot down in 1944, 70 miles off the coast of Japan.  The entire rescue was filmed in color video but then sat in a guy’s closet until now.  This is a story from a Denver TV station of one of those rescued aviators to whom the video was delivered. It also shows their transfer to another submarine that is likely headed back to port before the one that accomplished the rescue.

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