- Realistic Collectible Model
- Diecast & Plastic parts
- Comes with 1/60th Scale “Little Boy” replica
- Stand included
- Measures 8.5” L x 11.75” Wingspan
- Display model, recommended 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 the most famous B-29 Superfortress “Enola Gay”. Enola Gay was flown by Lt. Col Paul Tibbets, when it dropped the atomic bomb "Little Boy" over the Japanese city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945. “Enola Gay is named after Lt Col Tibbet’s mother. The “Enola Gay” is fully restored and on display at the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, outside Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C.
The Enola Gay (Model number B-29-45-MO, Serial number 44-86292, Victor number 82) was built by the Glenn L. Martin Company (later part of Lockheed Martin) at its Bellevue, Nebraska, plant, located at what is now known as Offutt Air Force Base. The bomber was one of the 15 initial examples of B-29s built to the "Silverplate" specification—65 of these eventually being completed during and after World War II—giving them the primary ability to function as nuclear "weapon delivery" aircraft. These modifications included an extensively modified bomb bay with pneumatic doors and British bomb attachment and release systems, reversible pitch propellers that gave more braking power on landing, improved engines with fuel injection and better cooling, and the removal of protective armor and gun turrets.
Enola Gay was personally selected by Colonel Paul W. Tibbets Jr., the commander of the 509th Composite Group, on 9 May 1945, while still on the assembly line. The aircraft was accepted by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) on 18 May 1945 and assigned to the 393d Bombardment Squadron, Heavy, 509th Composite Group.
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 "Little Boy" bomb which can be attached to the display stand.
This is a worthy addition to your diecast aircraft collection.