B-29 Superfortress “Limber Richard” of the 99th Bombardment Squadron flying toward Japan with other squadron bombers, 1945

Caption   B-29 Superfortress “Limber Richard” of the 99th Bombardment Squadron flying toward Japan with other squadron bombers, 1945 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Army Air Force
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Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 24 Jan 2014

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
17 Apr 2015 09:08:26 PM

MISSION FOR TODAY: The bombing missions against Japan could last as long as sixteen hours, that's a 3,500 mile or 5632.7km round trip. B-29s took off at dusk made it to the target before dawn after dropping their bombs the return trip was made during the day. Flying at altitude, with strong winds, flak, fighting off enemy fighters, the Japanese were able to get their fighters as high as 32,000ft. drop their bombs on the target and that was just getting there. The trip back more flak, fighters, battle damage wounded and other inflight problems. EVERYTHING FACTORED IN: Did you know that the B-29 carried six tons of bombs and twenty tons of fuel 9,500 gallons even before getting airborne the B-29 also used about 500lbs or 226.8kg of fuel just to taxi before takeoff! miles per gallon during flight with enough just to get you home outside of damage to fuel systems.

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