AIR: Superfacts

Well satisfied with reports from India and China, the Army this week announced contracts for 1,700 more B-29 Superfortresses. It also told some of the features that make the B-29 World War II's biggest single advance in bomber design.

Half again as big as the B-17 and twice as heavy, the far-ranging B-29 can take off and land on B-17 runways. It cruises at more than 300 miles an hour, is pressurized to operate normally between 30,000 and 40,000 ft. Armed with a 20-mm. cannon and at least ten .50-caliber machine guns, it...

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