BOEING B-29 SUPERFORTRESS

B-29 & Derivatives SERVICE

B-29 Superfortress

Manufacturer: The Boeing Aircraft Co., Seattle, Washington, USA
Model: Boeing Model 345
Designations: B-29; B-39, B-44, F-13, P2B
Names: Superfortress; Washington (RAF)
First official flight: (XB-29) 21/09/1942
Factory production period: 1942 - 1946
Primary service period: 1944 - 1953
Last official flight: (TB-29) 21/06/1960

C-97 Stratofreighter

Manufacturer: The Boeing Aircraft Co., Seattle, Washington, USA
(In 1948, became The Boeing Airplane Co.)
Model: Boeing Model 367
(Civil variant: Boeing Model 377)
Designations: C-97; C-137
Name: Stratofreighter
(Civil variant: Stratocruiser)
First official flight: (XC-97) 09/11/1944
(Model 377) 08/07/1947
Factory production period: 1944 - 1956
Primary service period: 1948 - 1957
Last official flight: (KC-97L) 1977

B-50 Superfortress

Manufacturer: The Boeing Aircraft Co., Seattle, Washington, USA
(In 1948, became The Boeing Airplane Co.)
Model: Boeing Model 345-2
Designations: B-50; B-54
Names: Superfortress, Superfortress II
First official flight: (B-50A) 25/06/1947
Factory production period: 1947 -1953
Primary service period: 1947 - 1953 (parallel with B-29)
Last official flight: (WB-50D) Vietnam, 1967

B-29 & Derivatives VARIANTS

B-29 Superfortress

1942 Model 345 XB-29 3  
1943 Model 345 YB-29 14 Total: 0017
         
1943 Model 345 B-29 2513  
1943 Model 345 B-29A 1119  
1945 Model 345 B-29B 311 Total: 3943

Grand Total: 3960

C-97 Stratofreighter

1944 Model 367-1-1/-2 XC-97 3  
1947 Model 367-5-5 YC-97 6  
1948 Model 367-4-6 YC-97A 3  
1948 Model 367-4-7 YC-97B 1 Total: 013
         
1949 Model 367-4-19 C-97A 50  
1951 Model 367-4-29 C-97C 14  
1952 Model 367-4-29 KC-97E 60  
1952 Model 367-76-29 KC-97F 158  
1953 Model 367-76-66 KC-97G 592 Total: 874
         
1947 Model 377 Stratocruiser Series 56 Total: 056

Grand Total: 943

B-50 Superfortress

1947 Model 345-2-1 B-50A 79  
1949 Model 345-2-1 B-50B 45  
1949 Model 345-9-6 B-50D 222 Total: 346
         
1952 Model 345-31-26 TB-50H 24 Total: 024

Grand Total: 370

B-29 PRODUCTION

XB-29
Prototype pressurized heavy bomber, no turrets
gun blisters / tail turret, 3-bladed props.
Produced 1942

Boeing Seattle, Washington (BO)

41-002 / 41-003 2482, 2481    
41-18335 2884 3 Total: 0003

YB-29
Service test aircraft, armed,
4-bladed props.
Produced 1943

Boeing Wichita, Kansas (BW)

41-36954 / 41-36967 3325 / 3338 14 Total: 0014

B-29
As YB-29, engine upgrade,
various improvements.
Produced 1943 - 1945

Boeing Wichita, Kansas (BW)

42-6205 / 42-6221 3339 / 3355    
42-6223 3357    
42-6225 / 42-6228 3359 / 3362    
42-6234, 42-6236 3368, 3370    
42-6238 / 42-6242 3372 / 3376    
42-6244 / 42-6454 3378 / 3588    
42-24420 / 42-24919 4081 / 4580    
44-69655 / 44-70154 10487 / 10986    
44-87584 / 44-87783 12387 / 12586    
45-21693 / 45-21872 13587 / 13766

1620

 
3526 additional airframes cancelled.

Bell Atlanta, Georgia (BA)

42-6222, 42-6224 3356, 3358    
42-6233, 42-6235 3367, 3369    
42-6243 3377    
42-63352 / 42-63751
- 232 as B-29-BA.
- 168 as B-29B-BA.
unknown    
44-83890 / 44-84156
- 120 as B-29-BA
and 3 cancelled.
- 143 as B-29B-BA
and 1 cancelled.
unknown

357

 

Martin Omaha, Nebraska (MO)

42-6229 / 42-6232 3363 / 3366    
42-6237 3371    
42-65202 / 42-65313 unknown    
42-65315 / 42-65401 unknown    
44-27259 / 44-27358 unknown    
44-86242 / 44-86473 unknown 536 Total: 2513
200 additional NAA (NA-92, NA132) airframes cancelled.

B-29A
As B-29, 1ft. wider main wing due
to different assembly, minor changes.
Produced 1943 - 1946

Boeing Renton, Washington (BN)

42-93824 / 42-94123 7231 / 7530    
44-61510 / 44-62328 10987 / 11805 1119 Total: 1119

B-29B
As B-29, no gun turrets, tail guns retained.
Produced 1945

Bell Atlanta, Georgia (BA)

311 mixed with B-29-BA s/n. unknown 311 Total: 0311

B-29C - 5000 ordered but cancelled on VJ Day.

Grand Total: 3960

B-29 CONVERSIONS

WW2

USAAF

YB-29 1 XB-29, (Unofficial), upgraded engines / propellers.
XB-39 1 YB-29(41-36954), 1944, engine upgrade.
XB-44 1 B-29A(42-93845), 1944, engine upgrade.
Later redesignated as XB-29D, then became the B-50 prototype.
F-13A 118 B-29 / B-29A, 1944, photo reconnaissance aircraft. 
(TF-13A) 4 F-13A, 1944, conversions as crew trainers.
(FB-29 / A) 114 1945, redesignation of F-13A with original series letter.
(RB-29 / A) 114 1948, redesignation of FB-29 and FB-28A.
SB-29 16 1944-1956, air/sea rescue aircraft with detachable life-boat.
Nicknamed: Super Dumbo.

Post WW2

USAF

DB-29 1+ B-29, drone and target directors for QB-29's.
GB-29 1 B-29(45-21800), 1947, "Mothership" for Bell X-1 aircraft.
QB-29 1+ B-29, remotely piloted target aircraft.
ERB-29 1 B-29, fitted with ECM suite.
TB-29 1+ B-29, target towing / radar evaluation conversions.
WB-29 1+ B-29, 1947, weather reconnaissance conversions.
VB-29 1 B-29, 1952, VIP conversions.
EB-29A 1 B-29A(44-62205), 1948, single B-29 receiver for the KB-29P tanker.
TB-29A 1+ B-29A, crew trainers.
(ETB-29A) 1 TB-29A(44-62093), redesignation as parasite carrier for F-84 jets.
EB-29B 1 B-29B(44-84111), 1948, "Mothership" for XF-85 Goblin jet.
XB-29E 1 B-29, 1946, test-bed for new electronic fire-control.
B-29F 6 B-29, temporary Arctic conversions.
XB-29G 1 B-29B(44-84043), test-bed for turbojet engines.
XB-29H 1 B-29A, 1947, special defensive armament.
YB-29J 6 B-29, test-bed for commercial powerplants.
(FB-29J) 2 YB-29J, photo reconnaissance conversions. 
(RB-29J) 2 1948, redesignation of FB-29J.
(YKB-29J) 2 YB-29J, 1948, "Flying Boom" prototypes for the KB-29P.
CB-29K 1 B-29, 1949-1956, military cargo conversion.
KB-29M 92 B-29 / B-29A, 1948, rebuilds as single trailing hose tankers.
Original designation was B-29K.
(YKB-29T) 1 KB-29M(45-21734), prototype 3-hose tanker for the KB-50D.
B-29MR 74 B-29 / B-29A, 1948, receiver aircraft for the KB-29M.
Original designation was B-29L.
KB-29P

116

B-29 / B-29A, 1950-1957, tankers with the "Flying Boom" system.

US Navy

P2B-1S 2 B-29, 1947, long-range patrol / search duties.
Assigned BuNo. 84028, 84029.
BuNo. 84029 was the "Mothership" for the Douglas D-558-II
Skyrocket from 1950-1956.
P2B-2S 2 B-29, 1947, long-range patrol / search duties, with equipment
changes and additional fuel tanks.
Assigned BuNo. 84030, 84031.

British RAF

Washington B.Mk. 1

87

3 B-29 / 84 B-29A, 1950-1954, aircraft serving with the RAF.
Assigned RAF s/n: WF434 / WF448, WF490 / WF514,
WF545 / WF574, WW342 / WW355, WZ966 / WZ968.
Last 3 as ELINT specials from 1952-1958.
2 to RAAF as A76-1, A76-2 from 1952-1956.

BOEING C-97 STRATOFREIGHTER

C-97 PRODUCTION

XC-97
Prototype cargo / troop transport, pressurized,
double deck, B-29 engines / wing / tail section.
Prodcued

Boeing Seattle, Washington (BO)

43-27470 / 43-27472 8481 / 8483 3 Total: 003

YC-97
Service test variant, engine / systems upgrade.
Produced

Boeing Seattle, Washington (BO)

45-59587 / 45-59592 15712 / 15717 6 Total: 006

YC-97A
As YC-97, B-50 components fitted, engine
upgrade. All later redesignated as C-97A.
Produced

Boeing Seattle, Washington (BO)

45-59593 / 45-59595 15718 / 15720 3 Total: 003

YC-97B
As YC-97A, deluxe VIP interior. Later
redesignated as C-97B then VC-97B.
Produced

Boeing Seattle, Washington (BO)

45-59596 15721 1 Total: 001

C-97A
As YC-97A, minor changes, chin radome, more fuel.
Produced

Boeing Seattle, Washington (BO)

48-397 / 48-423 16009 / 16035    
49-2589 / 49-2611 16211 / 16233 50 Total: 050

C-97C
As C-97A, strengthened floor, equipment changes.
Produced

Boeing Seattle, Washington (BO)

50-690 / 50-703 16234 / 16247 14 Total: 014

KC-97E
As C-97C, tanker version, refuelling boom, extra
fuel tanks, loading doors sealed, engine upgrade.
Produced

Boeing Seattle, Washington (BO)

51-183 / 51-242 16250 / 16309 60 Total: 060

KC-97F
As KC-97E, engine upgrade, minor changes.
Produced

Boeing Seattle, Washington (BO)

51-243 / 51-389 16310 / 16456    
51-291 / 51-397 16458 / 16464    
51-7256, 51-7257 16489, 16490    
51-7258, 51-7259 16504, 16505 158 Total: 158
1 (51-390), additional airframe cancelled.

KC-97G
As KC-97F, tanker / transport convertible, fixed
wing mounted fuel tanks.
Produced

Boeing Seattle, Washington (BO)

51-7260 / 51-7271 16506 / 16517    
52-826 / 52-938 16520 / 16632    
52-2602 / 52-2806 16633 / 16837    
53-106 / 53-365 16888 / 17147    
53-3815, 53-3816 17148, 17149 592 Total: 592
8 additional airframes cancelled.

Model 377 Stratocruiser
Civil airliner version of the C-97, double deck cabin.
Produced 1947 - 1950

Boeing Seattle, Washington

Model 377-10-19 15922 1  
Model 377-10-26 15923 / 15942 20  
Model 377-10-28 15943 / 15946 4  
Model 377-10-29 15957 / 15964 8  
Model 377-10-30 15947 / 15956 10  
Model 377-10-32 15974 / 15979 6  
Model 377-10-34 15965 / 15971 7 Total: 056

 

Grand Total: 943

C-97 CONVERSIONS

C-97 Stratofreighter

USAF

ZXC-97 1 XC-97, 1948, redesignation as "obsolete".
JC-97A 1 C-97A, temporary designation for test work.
KC-97A 3 C-97A, temporary fitted with "Flying Boom" similar to KB-29P.
MC-97C 1+ C-97C, 1950-1953, medical evacuation aircraft during Korean War.
C-97D 7 1 YC-97A / 1 YC-97B / 2 C-97A / 3 VC-97D, 1954, flying command
posts and VIP transports, wing fuel pods.
VC-97D 3 2 C-97A / 1 KC-97A, flying command posts, later redesignated C-97D.
C-97E 1+ KC-97E, cargo conversions.
C-97F 158 KC-97F, cargo conversions.
C-97G 135 KC-97G, 1963-1964, cargo conversions.
(EC-97G) 3 Redesignation of C-97G's for testing electronic equipment.
HC-97G 29 KC-97G, search and rescue conversions, wing mounted fuel tanks.
Conversions by Fairchild-Stratos Corp., Maryland.
(HC-97H) 1+ KC-97G, search and rescue conversions, equipment changes.
KC-97H 1 KC-97F, 1953, prototype single hose tanker conversion.
YC-97J 2 Model 367-86-542
KC-97G(52-2693, 52-2762), 1955, turboprop engines. Conversions by
Hayes Aircraft Co., Alabama. Original designations: YC-137, then YC-97H.
C-97K 27 KC-97G, passenger conversions, tanks removed, boom remained.
KC-97L 82 KC-97G, 1964-1977, conversions with auxiliary J47 jet engines fitted.

Model 377 Stratocruiser

377 Super Stratocruiser 10 Pan Am aircraft with extra fuel capacity for Atlantic flights.
377 (Cargo Conversion) 11 Conversions for overseas buyers.
On Mark Engineering Co., California conversions:
(under licence from Aero Spacelines Corp.)
377-PG Pregnant Guppy 1 1962, (c/n: 15925), rear fuselage detaches.
377-SG Super Guppy 1 1965, (c/n: 15938), hinged forward fuselage.
Turboprop engine upgrade.
377-MG Mini Guppy 1 1967, (c/n: 15937), hinged rear fuselage.
Model 101 Mini Guppy 2 1970, new c/n: 0001, 0002, hinged forward fuselage.
Turboprop engine upgrade.
Model 201 Super Guppy 4 1970-1983, new c/n: 0001 / 0004, hinged forward fuselage.
Turboprop engine upgrade.

BOEING B-50 SUPERFORTRESS

B-50 PRODUCTION

B-50A
Major upgrade of B-29, revised engines
and nacelles, higher tail.
Produced 1947

Boeing Seattle, Washington (BO)

46-002 / 46-060 15722 / 15780  
47-098 / 47-117 15782 / 15801

Total: 079

B-50B
As B-50A, strengthened airframe,
increased weights.
Produced 1949

Boeing Seattle, Washington (BO)

47-118 / 47-162 15802 / 15846

Total: 045

YB-50C - Prototype for B-50C, cancelled.
                 Partly built airframe s/n: 46-061, c/n: 15781.
B-54
- 21 B-54A and 52 RB-54A, orders cancelled.

B-50D
As B-50B, frameless glass nose, oval upper turret,
underwing fuel tanks, refuelling receptacle. 
Produced 1949 - 1950

Boeing Seattle, Washington (BO)

47-163 / 47-170 15847 / 15854  
48-046 / 48-112 15855 / 15921  
48-113 / 48-127 15994 / 16008  
49-260 / 49-391 16036 / 16167

Total: 222

TB-50H
As B-50D, unarmed crew trainer version.
Produced 1952 - 1953

Boeing Seattle, Washington (BO)

51-447 / 51-470 16465 / 16488

Total: 024

 

Grand Total: 370

B-50 CONVERSIONS

USAF

EB-50A 3 B-50A(46-002, 46-006, 46-011), "Mothership" for X-plane aircraft.
TB-50A 11 B-50A, crew trainer conversions.
EB-50B 1 B-50B, test platform for B-47 landing gear.
RB-50B 44 B-50B, 1947, strategic reconn. conversion of all remaining B-50B's.
(RB-50E) 14 RB-50B, 1951, new sensors and photographic equipment.
(RB-50F) 14 RB-50B, 1951, SHORAN navigation radar.
(RB-50G) 15 RB-50B, 1951, mapping radar and new navaids.
EB-50D 2 B-50D(48-069, 48-096), "Mothership" for X-plane aircraft.
DB-50D 1 B-50D, 1951-1955, launch platform for Bell Rascal missile program.
KB-50D 2 1 B-50D / 1 TB-50D, 1957, prototypes for the KB-50J / K tankers.
TB-50D 11 B-50D, crew trainer conversions.
(JTB-50D) 1 TB-50D, "Mothership" for X-7 / XQ-5 programs.
WB-50D 36 B-50D, 1955-1967, weather reconnaissance conversions.
(JB-50D) 1 WB-50D, conversion for experimental work.
WB-50H 1 TB-50H, weather reconnaissance conversion, later to KB-50.
KB-50 136 112 B-50D / 24 TB-50H, 1955-1957, 3-hose tanker conversions.
Conversions by Hayes Aircraft Co., Alabama.
(KB-50J) 112 KB-50(B-50D), 1957-1965, upgraded with 2 wing mounted jet engines.
(KB-50K) 24 KB-50(TB-50H), 1957-1965, upgrades to KB-50J standard.

B-29 & Derivatives FOREIGN MANUFACTURE

RUSSIA
Tupolev Tu-4 "Bull"
Russian built, unlicenced version of the B-29, NATO codename: "Bull".
3 B-29's (42-6256, 42-6358, 42-6365) and 1 B-29A (42-93829), captured
in Russia in 1944. Copied in metric form as the Tu-4. Original designation
was B-4. Served 1949-1956, but flew in the reserves into the 1960's.
Produced 1946 - 1952

Tupolev Design Bureau, Moscow, Russia

Tu-4 1947, "Bull", heavy bomber.

Total: 847

  Variants and Conversions:
Tu-4A: 1+, nuclear bombers.
Tu-4D: 1955, 300, transport conversion.
Tu-4KS: 1951, 1+, test aircraft for KS-1 missile.
Tu-4LL: 1950, 6, flying laboratory, engine test-beds.
Tu-4N: 1952, 1+, aerial refuelling tanker.
Tu-4NM: 1952, 6, drone launch carrier.
Tu-4R: 1, strategic reconn. aircraft.
Tu-4T: 1956, 1+, paratroop conversion.
Tu-4TRZhK: liquid oxygen tanker.
Tu-4UShS: 1950's, 1+, navigation trainer.
Tu-12 / Tu-70 1946, "Cart", civil passenger transport.

Total: 001

Tu-75 1950, "Cart", military transport.

Total: 001

Tu-80 1949, heavy bomber.

Total: 001

Tu-85 1951, "Barge", heavy bomber.

Total: 001

Grand Total: 851

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