View Full Version : Really cool stuff for model fans....even if you're not...

Tall Boy
02-28-2012, 03:57 PM

Glen Longino
02-28-2012, 04:21 PM
Fascinating! Thanks!

02-28-2012, 05:25 PM
+2, thanks a lot. Will forward to friends with this hobby.

John of Phoenix
02-28-2012, 05:38 PM
Very cool... but I read somewhere that the Iranians captured that thing and have on display in their National Aeronautics and Space Museum. ;)

02-28-2012, 05:41 PM

02-28-2012, 05:49 PM
Wow ! Forwarded to an enthusiast friend .That guy can really fly that B29 model!

John of Phoenix
02-28-2012, 06:00 PM
Interesting... although the incredible efforts towards realism, when building that model, are sort of trashed as the B29 does barrel rolls and buzzes the field, flying inverted... I don't think a real B29 ever did that.

The most impressive thing was the recovery from the spin.I had the good fortune to have a B29 to examine in great detail during one of our Desert Shield exercises at Barstow-Daggett Airfield in the Mohave Desert. At the time (late 70's) it was the staging area for the company that provided warbirds for Hollywood TV shows and movies. They had the whole "Squadron", a total of three Corsairs, for Blacksheep Squadron, a couple of P-40s, a B24, a P38, a Zero, a Zeek, a BF-109, a couple of really ratty B26s, and a pristeen B29. That thing was huge! You could play pingpong in the bomb bay. The cockpit was larger than any other plane I've ever seen, like a small livingroom, while the tail gunner didn't have room to sneeze.

Inverted? Rolled? Not a chance. I doubt any B-29 saw more than a 60* bank in controlled flight.

ron ll
02-28-2012, 06:31 PM
I believe I read somewhere that there is only one B-29 in flyable condition remaining. One of the best documentaries I ever watched was the story of the abandoned B-29 in Greenland, and the effort to restore it to flyable condition... if you haven't seen it, I won't spoil the surprise ending for you. It was a NOVA TV special called "B-29 Frozen in Time", and it's definately worth googling and locating the video.

Definitely worth seeing. I haven't seen it in a while, might have to look it up again.

ron ll
02-28-2012, 06:35 PM
I'm sure most of you have seen this one. If not, take a look.