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  • #16
    Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post

    Boeing Wichita modified several B-29 for hauling Grand Slams, Tallboys, and even testing the 42,000 lbs. T-12 Cloudmaker bomb.





    Basically, the B-29's normal load was with an intended certain combat radius and altitude. It is clearly possible that the B-29 could and did lift larger loads than the normal rated bombload.
    It is clear that a B-29 can carry a single Grand Slam to the correct altitude better than a Lancaster. It was a latter, more technological advanced aircraft when it finally entered service. However, to drop a Grand Slam, it did not do so by detaching its bomb load from its wings. There was a whole process of attaching this particular weapon to its bomb bay. The photo appears staged imho.
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    • #17
      Originally posted by Nick the Noodle View Post

      It is clear that a B-29 can carry a single Grand Slam to the correct altitude better than a Lancaster. It was a latter, more technological advanced aircraft when it finally entered service. However, to drop a Grand Slam, it did not do so by detaching its bomb load from its wings. There was a whole process of attaching this particular weapon to its bomb bay. The photo appears staged imho.
      The photo is real. That is B-29-75-BW serial 44-70060 in it. It is one of three B-29's converted with wing racks to carry two Grand Slam or Tallboy bombs. The 886th bombardment squadron was tapped to be equipped with this conversion for the invasion of Japan but the end of the war ended the program.

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