B-29 Superfortress

These photos were taken by Robert Nelson Abbott Jr. and Calvin Cochran.

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The 47 photos directly below were taken by Calvin Cochran

APU and waist section compartment heater, Fifi, GJT, July '88 Astrodome, tunnel entrance in cockpit, Fifi, GJT,July '88 Bomb bay, tunnel, looking fwd, non-standard swamp cooler, Fifi, GJT, July '88 Bomb bay, tunnel, wing spar, looking aft, Fifi, GJT, July '88

 

bombardier's control panel, Pueblo, date unknown

bombardier's gun sight, Fifi, GJT, July '88

cockpit center console, Pueblo, date unknown cockpit, co-pilot's side, Fifi, GJT, July '88

 

cockpit, looking aft, non-standard swamp cooler, Fifi, GJT, July '88 cockpit, pilot's side, Fifi, GJT, July '88 cockpit, Pueblo, date unknown engine detail, from outboard, Fifi, GJT, '92

 

engine detail, from outboard, Pueblo, CO Air Museum, date unknown engine inspection panel open, Fifi, GJT, July '88 engine inspection panels open, Fifi, GJT, July '88 engine oil cooler exhaust, Fifi, GJT,  July '88

 

Fifi, from front, GJT, July '88 Fifi, lift-off, from stbd, GJT, September '92 Fifi, nose from front stbd, GJT, July '88 Fifi, taxiing, from front stbd qtr, GJT, September '92

 

flight engineer's station, Fifi, GJT, July '88 flight engineer's station, Pueblo, date unknown Instrument panel, pilot, before restoration, Pueblo, date unknown main gear bay fwd bulkhead, retraction strut, Fifi, GJT,     July '88

 

main gear, port, looking fwd, Fifi, GJT, July '88 navigator's station, left side, Fifi, GJT, July '88 navigator's window, wall detail, Fifi, GJT, July '88 nose gear, from aft, Fifi, GJT, July '88

 

nose gear, from front, Fifi, GJT, July '88 nose section, port profile, Pueblo, date unknown nose section, stbd profile, Fifi, GJT, July '88 nose, close-up, Fifi, GJT,   July '88

 

pilot's sidewall detail, un-restored, Pueblo, date unknown prop hub detail, from front, Fifi, GJT, July '88 prop hub detail, from front, Pueblo, date unknown tail detail, from port, Hill AFB, August '89

 

tail gunner escape hatch, from port, Fifi, GJT, July '88 tail skid, from aft, Fifi, GJT, July '88 tail turret, escape hatch, from port, Pueblo, date unknown tail turret, gun mount details, from aft, Pueblo, date unknown

 

top gunner's controls, Fifi, GJT, July '88 waist gunner's sight, close-up from left, Fifi, GJT, July '88 waist gunner's sight, close-up from right, Fifi, GJT, July '88 waist gunner's station, stbd side, from aft, Fifi, GJT,     July '88

 

waist section, looking aft into tail, Fifi, GJT, July '88 waist section, looking fwd, available light, Fifi, GJT,      July '88 waist section, looking fwd, fill flash, Fifi, GJT, July '88

 


All these pictures (see below) were taken by me over about a 10 year span of the B-29 Fi-Fi. All were taken at Richmond International airport in Richmond Va.  I got 'lucky' when Fi-Fi blew an engine and had the rare opportunity to see them change out engines.  The one shot of the Enola Gay was taken by me in 1998 at the Paul Garber Restoration  Facility for NASM , in Suitland Maryland.  This is before they started the rework on it.  

The 14 photos directly below were taken by Robert Nelson Abbott Jr.

Blown Engine Fi-Fi Bomb Bay Fi-Fi Crawl Space Engine mount

 

Exhaust Port Fi-Fi New Engine Fi-Fi Fi-Fi Cowling Fi-Fi Engine Change

 

Landing Gear Fi-Fi Port Side Fi-Fi Prop Fi-Fi Remote Waist Sight Fi-Fi

 

Tail Fi-Fi Fi Fi Enola Gay at Paul Garber Facility