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Interesting article on computer controlled B-29 Guns

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I realize that this isn't warships related, but I found an interesting article about the computer controlled guns on the B-29 Superfortress.  Very interesting article.

 

http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a18343/the-cannons-on-the-b-29-bomber-were-a-mid-century-engineering-masterpiece/

 

It's a good read.  Enjoy!

 

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but what about pilot controlled atomic bombs?

 

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It was a B-52 but close enough

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Thanks for the read! That plane was a marvel for its time.

 

The part I found especially interesting,

"It was a plane so advanced, we wrote in June 1945 about how one crew fought off  79 fighter planes, downing 7 of them, during a bombing run on Kyushu, Japan. Its weapons platform was so dominant that fighter escorts were no longer strictly necessary—as Major General Curtis LeMay put it simply: "These big boys can take care of themselves."

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1 hour ago, Kombat_W0MBAT said:

Thanks for the read! That plane was a marvel for its time.

 

The part I found especially interesting,

"It was a plane so advanced, we wrote in June 1945 about how one crew fought off  79 fighter planes, downing 7 of them, during a bombing run on Kyushu, Japan. Its weapons platform was so dominant that fighter escorts were no longer strictly necessary—as Major General Curtis LeMay put it simply: "These big boys can take care of themselves."

There's a reason WT players refer to the B-29 and bombers of similar era as "Death Stars."

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