- Realistic Collectible Model
- Diecast & Plastic parts
- Highly detailed
- Stand included
- Measures 7.2” L x 10.5” Wingspan
- Display model, recommended for adult hobbyists and collectors
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress is a four-engine propeller-driven heavy bomber designed by Boeing, which was flown primarily by the United States during World War II and the Korean War. It was one of the largest aircraft operational during World War II and featured state-of-the-art technology. The bomber’s first flight was on 21 September 1942 and was first introduced into service May 1944 The B-29 was retired in 1960.
This model represents United States Army Air Force B-29 bomber “Bockscar”, sometimes called Bock's Car, that dropped the “ Fat Man” nuclear weapon over the Japanese city of Nagasaki during World War II in the second – and last – nuclear attack in history. One of 15 Silverplate B-29s used by the 509th, Bockscar was built at the Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Plant at Bellevue, Nebraska, at what is now Offutt Air Force Base, and delivered to the United States Army Air Forces on 19 March 1945. It was assigned to the 393d Bombardment Squadron, 509th Composite Group to Wendover Army Air Field, Utah in April.
Bockscar was used in 13 training and practice missions from Tinian, and three combat missions in which it dropped pumpkin bombs on industrial targets in Japan. On 9 August 1945, Bockscar, piloted by the 393d Bombardment Squadron's commander, Major Charles W. Sweeney, dropped a Fat Man nuclear bomb with a blast yield equivalent to 21 kilotons of TNT over the city of Nagasaki. About 44% of the city was destroyed; 35,000 people were killed and 60,000 injured.
After the war, Bockscar returned to the United States in November 1945. In September 1946, it was given to the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The aircraft was flown to the Museum on 26 September 1961, and its original markings were restored (nose art was added after the mission). Bockscar is now on permanent display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton, Ohio, next to a replica of a Fat Man.
The landing gear can be modeled in the extended and/or retracted positions. A metal display stand is included and also a 1/60 scale model of the "Fat Man" bomb which can be attached to the display stand.
This is a worthy addition to your diecast aircraft collection.