The Chicken Works: The Aviation Art of JP Santiago
The Superfortress's Achilles Heel....
by, 03-03-2014 at 04:20 PM (21568 Views)
The biggest Achilles heel of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress was its Wright R-3350 radial engines- filled with glitches and prone to engine fires, things got so bad at one point that then-Senator Harry S Truman held committee hearings to look into the problem. While the engine design was partly to blame (the crankcase was made of a flammable magnesium metal), Wright Aeronautical was found to be sacrificing quality for quantity in ramping up engine production at the behest of pressure from USAAF to get the engine operational.
Location: 2013 Fort Worth Alliance Air Show