ODD B-29

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    Searching for info about "Precious Cargo" and came across this...

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    ...a B-29 used for gun placement tests. There was also a retractable gun turret under the tail and manned waist guns.

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    Man, that sucker was armed for bear. Probably a weight thing that they chose not to pursue it.

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    Not to mention the amount of drag those chin guns must have introduced!
     
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    #5 michaelmaltby, Jan 25, 2014
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    The standard fire-control system for the B-29 was break-through analog computer stuff .... makes sense that they would evaluate the plane with more "conventional" manned positions as a Plan B ..... in case the centralized computer stuff didn't pan out.
     
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    #6 Capt. Vick, Jan 25, 2014
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    There were actually TWO belly turrets and I've been trying to find drawings on those ERCO cheek Barbettes for ages...
     
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    American Combat Planes of the 20th Century by Ray Wagner has another interesting picture of a B-29 which alternate gun arrangement. (page 173).

    B-29.jpg
     
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    I have a shot of Fubars first photo in book somewhere. Won't be home until Feb,10th though. Excellent info David and Jan. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    In case the remotely operated gun turrets and sighting mechanisms didn't pan out, this is what was planned.
     
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    Attached are pics of Precious Cargo. Pretty sure these were taken on Okinawa.
     

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