Nose art on B-29 Superfortress "The Outlaw"
Nose art on B-29 Superfortress "The Outlaw"

Boeing began work on a pressurized long-range bomber in 1938. In December 1939, the Army Air Corps issued a formal specification for a so called "superbomber", capable of delivering 20,000 lbs of bombs to a target 2,667 miles distant, at a speed of 400 mph.

Bids were submitted by Lockheed, Consolidated, Douglas, and Boeing, which ultimately won the competition and subsequent contracts. An initial production order for 14 service test aircraft and 250 production bombers was placed in May 1941.

The B-29 was one of the most advanced bombers of its time, featuring innovations such as a pressurized cabin, a central fire-control system, and remote-controlled machine gun turrets.

In wartime, the B-29 was capable of flight up to 31,850 feet at speeds of 350 mph. Designed as a high-altitude daytime bomber, the B-29 flew more low-altitude nighttime incendiary bombing missions.

As part of the World War II military buildup, 3,970 B-29s were built during production at four assembly plants across the United States.

The Superfortress was a popular plane for nose art during World War II, as seen in the examples below.

Read more about the bomber's design, development, deployment and specifications at www.B29-Superfortress.com

B-29 Nose Art from World War II

Nose art on B-29 Superfortress "Fast Company"
Nose art on B-29 Superfortress "Fast Company"
Nose art on B-29 Superfortress "Sweat'er Out"
Nose art on B-29 Superfortress "Sweat'er Out"

 

 

Nose art on B-29 Superfortress "Southern Comfort"
Nose art on B-29 Superfortress "Southern Comfort"
Nose art on B-29 Superfortress "Sheer Madness"
Nose art on B-29 Superfortress "Sheer Madness"
Nose art on B-29 Superfortress "Little Gem"
Nose art on B-29 Superfortress "Little Gem"
Nose art on B-29 Superfortress "Straight Flush"
Nose art on B-29 Superfortress "Straight Flush"
Nose art on B-29 Superfortress "Sic 'Em"
Nose art on B-29 Superfortress "Sic 'Em"
Nose art on B-29 Superfortress "The Outlaw"
Nose art on B-29 Superfortress "The Outlaw"

 

B-29 Nose Art Photographs from Our Archives

Nose art on the B-29A Superfortress "Raz'n Hell" in Atwater, California

Nose art on B-29A "Raz'n Hell" in California
Nose art on B-29 Superfortress "Peachy" at Pueblo Weisbrod in Colorado
Nose art on B-29 Superfortress "Peachy"  in Colorado
Nose art on B-29 Superfortress "Bockscar" S/N 44-27297 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio
B-29 "Bockscar" in Dayton, Ohio
B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay" S/N 44-86292 nose art ... at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Washington, D.C.
B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay" S/N 44-86292 nose art ... at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Washington, D.C.
Close-up view of B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay" nose art
Close-up view of B-29 "Enola Gay" nose art
B-29 Superfortress "Sentimental Journey" S/N 44-70016 at Pima Air in Arizona
Nose art on B-29 "Sentimental Journey" S/N 44-70016
B-29 Superfortress "FiFi" of the Commemorative Air Force, with CAF flag and nose art
B-29 "FiFi" of the Commemorative Air Force, with CAF flag and nose art
Nose art on the B-29 Superfortress "Command Decision" on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Nose art on the B-29 Superfortress "Command Decision" on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Photo of nose art on the B-29 Superfortress "Tinker's Heritage" S/N 427343
in the markings of the 57th Weather Recon Squadron on display at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City
Photo of nose art on the B-29 Superfortress "Tinker's Heritage" S/N 427343
B-29 Superfortress "Sentimental Journey" nose art - in Tucson
B-29 "Sentimental Journey" nose art in Arizona
Nose art on the B-29 Superfortress "Three Feathers" located at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, CA
B-29 Superfortress "Three Feathers", S/N 44-61669
Nose art on the B-29 Superfortress "Legal Eagle II" located at the South Dakato Air Museum
Nose art on the B-29 Superfortress "Legal Eagle II" located at the South Dakato Air Museum
Nose art on the B-29 Superfortress "Hagarty's Hag" located at the Hill Air Museum in Ogden, Utah
Nose art on the B-29 Superfortress "Hagarty's Hag" located at the Hill Air Museum in Ogden, Utah