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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:36 am 
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Ok! New data just in. This is for B-29A-35-BN 44-61535, Craft Number 11012, produced at Boeing, Renton Washington, Delivered March 31st 1945, "Raz'N H E L L" at the Castle Air Museum in California.
NOTE: Per the Castle Air Museum, the aircraft on display painted as "Raz'N H E L L" was built from three aircraft for display at the museum: Tail B-29A-35-BN 44-61535 (original Raz'N H E L L), Wings B-29-60-BA 44-84084 (Bell, Atlanta Georgia) and Fuselage B-29-75-BW 44-70064 (Boeing, Wichita Kansas). BTW, the forum does not allow the word "H E L L" it automatically turns it into the word "heck", so I added spaces to the word.

B-29A-35-BN 44-61535 was the 327th B-29A built at Boeing, Renton Washington. The aircraft on display has a Tail Enclosure serial number of 1212. This does not fit with the production data for B-29A-35-BN 44-61535.
BUT: B-29-75-BW 44-70064, Craft Number 10896, delivered April 20th 1945, was the 1200th B-29 produced at Boeing, Wichita Kansas under the 75th Block of production:
Craft Number 10837 B-29-75-BW 44-70005 to Craft Number 10936 B-29-75-BW 44-70104 = (1,240 B-29's produced, total, at this point in production at Boeing Wichita).

So, this fits perfectly with my theory that the Tail Unit or Serial Number is the linear production number of the tail at the factory! B-29-75-BW 44-70064 (painted as Raz'N H E L L), the 1,200th B-29 produced at Boeing, Wichita Kansas has a Tail Enclosure Serial Number of 1212!! Perfect! :)

Tail data for B-29-75-BW 44-70064, Craft Number 10896 (painted as "Raz'N H E L L") produced at Boeing, Wichita Kansas (photo taken February 18th 2015):
Part Number 3-14335-992 (this part number baffles me with the -992 suffix again!) :shock:
Contract Number 8073
Serial Number 1212
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Castle Air Museum B-29 on display painted as "Raz'N H E L L":
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Castle Air Museum B-29 tail and gunner enclosure:
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My intention was not to document the Tail Enclosure of EVERY B-29 left on the planet, but rather identify the history of the two B-29s tails in my care. But, this has been fun, and I have uncovered and consolidated A BUNCH of B-29 history...so I'm going to continue.

More to follow! :drink3:

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 1:59 pm 
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Hiya! I was the guy up in that tail and took that picture at Castle yesterday. Try the part number 3-14335-092 rather than 3-14335-992, and see if that helps; it was very hard to read. I see you've had some other -992's so it could have very well been that also. That was the only digit I had any real trouble deciphering.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 3:10 pm 
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Spectre_I wrote:
Hiya! I was the guy up in that tail and took that picture at Castle yesterday. Try the part number 3-14335-092 rather than 3-14335-992, and see if that helps; it was very hard to read. I see you've had some other -992's so it could have very well been that also. That was the only digit I had any real trouble deciphering.

Is this Tony?
Thanks for getting the data for me! The part number is definitely 3-14335-992. That first "9" does kinda look like a "0" but if you look closely at the photo you took, there is a little tail at the bottom. This is consistent with the data obtained from B-29-90-BW 44-87779 "Legal Eagle II" at the South Dakota Air and Space Museum.
Yours is:
B-29-75-BW 44-70064, Craft Number 10896, the 1,200th B-29 produced at Boeing, Wichita Kansas
Tail Enclosure
Part Number 3-14335-992
Contract Number 8073
Serial Number 1212

B-29-90-BW 44-87779 "Legal Eagle II" the 1,435th B-29 produced at Boeing Wichita, Kansas
Tail Enclosure
Part Number 3-14335-992
Contract Number AC 19673
Serial Number 1460

So far though, between the original Boeing blueprints and several different wartime manuals, I do not have any documented production data for aircraft past Boeing, Wichita Block 45 of B-29 production. So your information is VERY exciting. It proves that a 3-14335-992 part number was used at Boeing, Wichita between Block 75 and Block 90 of production.
Very cool! :)

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:44 pm 
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Quest Master wrote:
Spectre_I wrote:
Hiya! I was the guy up in that tail and took that picture at Castle yesterday. Try the part number 3-14335-092 rather than 3-14335-992, and see if that helps; it was very hard to read. I see you've had some other -992's so it could have very well been that also. That was the only digit I had any real trouble deciphering.

Is this Tony?
Thanks for getting the data for me! The part number is definitely 3-14335-992. That first "9" does kinda look like a "0" but if you look closely at the photo you took, there is a little tail at the bottom. This is consistent with the data obtained from B-29-90-BW 44-87779 "Legal Eagle II" at the South Dakota Air and Space Museum.
Yours is:
B-29-75-BW 44-70064, Craft Number 10896, the 1,200th B-29 produced at Boeing, Wichita Kansas
Tail Enclosure
Part Number 3-14335-992
Contract Number 8073
Serial Number 1212

B-29-90-BW 44-87779 "Legal Eagle II" the 1,435th B-29 produced at Boeing Wichita, Kansas
Tail Enclosure
Part Number 3-14335-992
Contract Number AC 19673
Serial Number 1460

So far though, between the original Boeing blueprints and several different wartime manuals, I do not have any documented production data for aircraft past Boeing, Wichita Block 45 of B-29 production. So your information is VERY exciting. It proves that a 3-14335-992 part number was used at Boeing, Wichita between Block 75 and Block 90 of production.
Very cool! :)

Nope, this is not Tony. I'm Ken, I volunteer in the Restoration Dept. Nice to meet ya! :) I happened to have to be in the B-29 anyway, so Tony asked me to try to get it. The plate was a mess and took an hour to clean before I could try and read it. I was hoping to get the numbers without having to pull the plate, as it was a bear to read up in the plane. I'm glad it worked out and the numbers helped you, that is very cool news indeed!

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:21 am 
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Nope, this is not Tony. I'm Ken, I volunteer in the Restoration Dept. Nice to meet ya! :) I happened to have to be in the B-29 anyway, so Tony asked me to try to get it. The plate was a mess and took an hour to clean before I could try and read it. I was hoping to get the numbers without having to pull the plate, as it was a bear to read up in the plane. I'm glad it worked out and the numbers helped you, that is very cool news indeed!

Hi Ken! Good to meet you! Thanks for crawling in the back for me. The data is certainly appreciated to document this odd little tid-bit of B-29 history!

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:29 am 
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Spectre_I wrote:
Hiya! I was the guy up in that tail and took that picture at Castle yesterday. Try the part number 3-14335-092 rather than 3-14335-992, and see if that helps; it was very hard to read. I see you've had some other -992's so it could have very well been that also. That was the only digit I had any real trouble deciphering.


Wouldn't mind seeing more pictures of the interior of that plane...maybe in another thread? :D

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 9:26 am 
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More B-29 tail data is coming in! This time for B-29A-60-BN 44-62022, Craft Number 11499, produced at Boeing Renton Washington, "Peachy", Pueblo Weibrod Aircraft Museum, Colorado. Recovered from China Lake.
Note: Per the Pueblo Weibrod Aircraft Museum, the tail on their aircraft, as it is displayed, IS NOT the original tail, but they still have the original tail in their collection. The original tail was too far damaged, so they replaced it.

B-29A-60-BN 44-62022 was the 813th B-29A Boeing, Renton Washington during the 60th Block of production:
Craft Number 11487 B-29A-60-BN 44-62010 to Craft Number 11586 B-29A-60-BN 44-62109 (900 B-29A's produced, total, at this point in production at Boeing, Renton Washington).

The tail currently mounted on B-29A-60-BN 44-62022 "Peachy" is marked ASSY 3-14335-13 UNIT 940 (not her original tail), photo taken February 19th 2015:
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The original tail (not currently mounted) for B-29A-60-BN 44-62022 "Peachy" is marked ASSY 3-14335-13 UNIT 813, which is EXACTLY number for number in line with the production data I have collected here so far, photo taken February 19th 2015:
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B-29A-60-BN 44-62022 "Peachy" at the Pueblo Weibrod Aircraft Museum, Colorado:
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B-29A-60-BN 44-62022 "Peachy" Tail Enclosure at the Pueblo Weibrod Aircraft Museum, Colorado:
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So, B-29A-60-BN 44-62022 "Peachy" was the 813th B-29A Boeing, Renton Washington and her original Tail Enclosure is ASSY 3-14335-13 UNIT 813. The linear production UNIT number for her tail IS the linear production number of the aircraft. Perfect! :)

As for the tail currently mounted on the B-29A-60-BN 44-62022 "Peachy", ASSY 3-14335-13 UNIT 940, this tail is probably from a B-29A that was produced in the Block 65 of Boeing, Renton Washington.

I am going to continue to try to document the Tail Enclosures of all of the B-29's and B-29A's to further my research and document it right here to help B-29 history continue.

More to follow! :drink3:

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:34 pm 
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APG85 wrote:
Spectre_I wrote:
Hiya! I was the guy up in that tail and took that picture at Castle yesterday. Try the part number 3-14335-092 rather than 3-14335-992, and see if that helps; it was very hard to read. I see you've had some other -992's so it could have very well been that also. That was the only digit I had any real trouble deciphering.


Wouldn't mind seeing more pictures of the interior of that plane...maybe in another thread? :D

I've got a few more, I was only in the waist and tail. I'll need to be up front in the next few days (doing a little work on gun sights) so I'll get pics of the front later and put up a thread for you. She's a little rough inside... O.K., A Lot rough inside, but I'd be happy to publish them.

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Spectre_I wrote:
I've got a few more, I was only in the waist and tail. I'll need to be up front in the next few days (doing a little work on gun sights) so I'll get pics of the front later and put up a thread for you. She's a little rough inside... O.K., A Lot rough inside, but I'd be happy to publish them.

Please do start a new thread! :) I'd love to see other inside pictures too as I am also working on the 20' cockpit section of the B-29 "The Big Time Operator" as well.

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Spectre_I wrote:
APG85 wrote:
Spectre_I wrote:
Hiya! I was the guy up in that tail and took that picture at Castle yesterday. Try the part number 3-14335-092 rather than 3-14335-992, and see if that helps; it was very hard to read. I see you've had some other -992's so it could have very well been that also. That was the only digit I had any real trouble deciphering.


Wouldn't mind seeing more pictures of the interior of that plane...maybe in another thread? :D

I've got a few more, I was only in the waist and tail. I'll need to be up front in the next few days (doing a little work on gun sights) so I'll get pics of the front later and put up a thread for you. She's a little rough inside... O.K., A Lot rough inside, but I'd be happy to publish them.


Cool...thanks!

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 10:04 am 
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It is time to resurrect this thread with some recent findings to prove the identification of the “Silver” B-29 tail in my collection.
The purpose of this thread was to document and identify the B-29 Tail Enclosure Unit Numbers to prove that they can be used to identify the history of the exact B-29 that they went to. The findings in this thread have been very fun to unravel and it has proven that the Assembly (part) number and Unit Number do in fact directly correlate to linear production of the tail enclosure at the two Boeing B-29 Factories. The the UNIT NUMBER is in fact the linear production number of the B-29 Tail Assembly.

First, I have to document some known data, before I come to the conclusion of my recent findings.

1119 B-29A's were built at Boeing's plant at Renton, Washington
They were:
C/N 7231 B-29A-1-BN 42-93824 to C/N 7250 B-29A-1-BN 42-93843 = 20 aircraft
C/N 7251 B-29A-5-BN 42-93844 to 7280 B-29A-5-BN 42-93873 = 30 aircraft
C/N 7281 B-29A-10-BN 42-93874 to C/N 7330 B-29A-10-BN 42-93923 = 50 aircraft
C/N 7331 B-29A-15-BN 42-93924 to C/N 7380 B-29A-15-BN 42-93973 = 50 aircraft
C/N 7381 B-29A-20-BN 42-93974 to C/N 7430 B-29A-20-BN 42-94023 = 50 aircraft
C/N 7431 B-29A-25-BN 42-94024 to C/N 7480 B-29A-25-BN 42-94073 = 50 aircraft
C/N 7481 B-29A-30-BN 42-94074 to C/N 7530 B-29A-30-BN 42-94123 = 50 aircraft
C/N 10987 B-29A-35-BN 44-61510 to C/N 11086 B-29A-35-BN 44-61609 = 100 aircraft
C/N 11087 B-29A-40-BN 44-61610 to C/N 11186 B-29A-40-BN 44-61709 = 100 aircraft
C/N 11187 B-29A-45-BN 44-61710 to C/N 11286 B-29A-45-BN 44-61809 = 100 aircraft
C/N 11287 B-29A-50-BN 44-61810 to C/N 11386 B-29A-50-BN 44-61909 = 100 aircraft
C/N 11387 B-29A-55-BN 44-61910 to C/N 11486 B-29A-55-BN 44-62009 = 100 aircraft
C/N 11487 B-29A-60-BN 44-62010 to C/N 11586 B-29A-60-BN 44-62109 = 100 aircraft
C/N 11587 B-29A-65-BN 44-62110 to C/N 11686 B-29A-65-BN 44-62209 = 100 aircraft
C/N 11687 B-29A-70-BN 44-62210 to C/N 11805 B-29A-70-BN 44-62328 = 119 aircraft

Tail Enclosure Part Number 3-14335-10 was used on:
C/N 7231 B-29A-1-BN 42-93824 to C/N 7250 B-29A-1-BN 42-93843 = 20 Aircraft
C/N 7251 B-29A-5-BN 42-93844 to C/N 7280 B-29A-5-BN 42-93873 = 30 Aircraft
Tail Enclosure Part Number 3-14335-12 was used on:
C/N 7281 B-29A-10-BN 42-93874 to C/N unknown end number
Tail Enclosure Part ASSY 3-14335-13 UNIT 813 was found on B-29A-60-BN 44-62022 “Peachy”, Craft Number 11499 (Pueblo Weibrod Aircraft Museum, Colorado). This was the 813th linearly produced B-29A Boeing, Renton Washington.

So now for the conclusion: The “Silver” Tail Enclosure in my collection is marked: ASSY 3-14335-13 UNIT 998, with all of these finding in this thread, this tail should have been built in the last part of the Boeing, Renton Production Block 65. I had the aircraft data card pulled from the Air Force Historical Research Agency at Maxwell AFB, Alabama for C/N 11685 B-29A-65-BN 44-62208 the 999th B-29A produced at Boeing, Renton - which fit closely to which aircraft could have come from. And this is the service history of the aircraft:
Manufactured by Boeing Aircraft, Renton WA, accepted August 31st 1945 and delivered to the USAAF on September 4th 1945.
Sep 1945 - To Oklahoma Air Depot, Tinker AAF OK
Oct 1945 - To 488th AAF Base Unit (Fourth Air Force), Chico AAF CA
Jan 1946 - To 482nd AAFBU (4th AF), Merced AAF CA
Mar 1946 - To 4136th AAFBU (Air Materiel Command), Hill AAF UT (storage)
Oct 1947 - To 92nd Bombardment Group [Very Heavy] (Strategic Air Command), Spokane AFB WA
Aug 1948 - To 92nd Bombardment Wing [Medium] (SAC), Spokane AFB (deployments to Yokota AB Japan and Kadena AB Japan)
Jun 1951 - To 92nd Bombardment Wing [M] (SAC), Fairchild AFB WA
Jul 1952 - To 106th Bombardment Wing [M] (SAC), March AFB CA
Dec 1952 - To 320th Bombardment Wing [M] (SAC), March AFB
May 1953 - To 307th Bombardment Wing [M] (Far East Air Forces), Kadena AB
Nov 1954 - To 3040th Aircraft Storage Depot (AMC), Davis-Monthan AFB AZ
Apr 1955 - To AMC, Nashville TN and to TB-29A
Jul 1955 - To 15th Tow Target Squadron (Alaskan Air Command), Elmendorf AFB AK
Oct 1955 - To Oklahoma City Air Materiel Area, Tinker AFB OK
Jan 1956 - To 3510th Combat Crew Training Wing (Air Training Command), Randolph AFB TX (deployment to Tyndall AFB FL)
Nov 1956 - Dropped from inventory by transfer to US Navy

I now comfortably believe that this “Silver” tail belongs to B-29A-65-BN 44-62208 “Miss Liberty Belle”, which saw service in the Korean War with the 92nd Bomb Group, 326th Bomb Squadron, 307th Bomb Wing and was converted to a TB-29A in April 1955 with final disposition by the U.S. Navy in November 1956.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:19 am 
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More B-29 tail data surfaced. This is the tail data from Nick V's tail:
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ASSY 3-14335-13 UNIT 335
The Assembly Number with -13 (dash13) appears to have only been used on B-29A's built at Boeing's plant at Renton, Washington plant. This tail would have been installed on a B-29A in the Renton Block 35 of production:
C/N 10987 B-29A-35-BN 44-61510 to C/N 11086 B-29A-35-BN 44-61609

Linearly the 335th B-29A built at Boeing, Renton was C/N 11022 B-29A-35-BN 44-61545.

So, giving a plus one/minus one approach in production, this tail could have been delivered on one of these B-29A's:
B-29A-35-BN 44-61544 Assigned to 611BU, Off Inventory 7/14/1954 Salvaged at Davis-Monthan
B-29A-35-BN 44-61545 Assigned to 4141BU, Off Inventory 9/15/1953 Reclaimed Pyote
B-29A-35-BN 44-61546 “Hun-Da-Gee” Triangle N 20 (2) 444BG, Off Inventory 9/27/1954 Reclaimed McClellan

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 4:27 pm 
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I decided to consolidate all of the known tail data into one posting for ease of reference. If I find more data I will add it later:
Boeing, Wichita Kansas – BW, 1620 Aircraft
Part Number 3-14335 was used on:
XB-29
Part Number 3-14335-2 was used on:
C/N 3325 YB-29-BW 41-36954 to C/N 3338 YB-29-BW 41-36967 = 14 Aircraft
C/N 3339 B-29-1-BW 42-6205 to 3350 B-29-1-BW 42-6216 = 12 Aircraft
Part Number 3-14335-6 was used on:
C/N 3351 42-6217 to 3355 B-29-1-BW 42-6221, 3357 B-29-1-BW 42-6223, 3359 B-29-1-BW 42-6225, 3360 B-29-1-BW 42-6226, 3361 B-29-1-BW 42-6227, 3362 B-29-1-BW 42-6228, 3368 B-29-1-BW 42-6234, 3370 B-29-1-BW 42-6236, 3372 B-29-1-BW 42-6238, 3373 B-29-1-BW 42-6239, 3374 B-29-1-BW 42-6240, 3375 B-29-1-BW 42-6241, 3376 B-29-1-BW 42-6242, 3378 B-29-1-BW 42-6244 to 3388 B-29-1-BW 42-6254 = 23 Aircraft 1st block of production
Part Number 3-14335-4 was used on:
C/N 3389 B-29-5-BW 42-6255 to C/N 3438 B-29-5-BW 42-6304 = 50 Aircraft
Part Number 3-14335-18 was used on:
C/N 3439 B-29-10-BW 42-6305 to C/N 3488 B-29-10-BW 42-6354 = 50 Aircraft
Part Number 3-14335-8 was used on:
C/N 3489 B-29-15-BW 42-6355 to C/N 3538 B-29-15-BW 42-6404 = 50 Aircraft
C/N 3539 B-29-20-BW 42-6405 to C/N 3588 B-29-20-BW 42-6454 = 50 Aircraft
C/N 4081 B-29-25-BW 42-24420 to C/N 4130 B-29-25-BW 42-24469 = 50 Aircraft
C/N 4131 B-29-30-BW 42-24470 to C/N 4180 B-29-30-BW 42-24519 = 50 Aircraft
C/N 4181 B-29-35-BW 42-24520 to C/N 4230 B-29-35-BW 42-24569 = 100 Aircraft
Part Number 3-14335-14 was used on:
C/N 4381 B-29-45-BW 24720 and on
Part Number 3-14335-16 was used on:
C/N 4231 B-29-40-BW 42-24570 to C/N 4330 B-29-40-BW 42-24669 = 100 Aircraft
C/N 4331 B-29-45-BW 42-24670 to C/N 4380 B-29-45-BW 24719 = 50 Aircraft
ASSY 3-14335-16 UNIT 528 – used in restoration, unknown history. Currently attached to B-29A-55-BN 44-61975 “Jacks Hack”, New England Air Museum.

B-29-50-BW, B-29-55-BW, B-29-60-BW, B-29-65-BW and B-29-70-BW no tail data known

Part Number UNKOWN, Contract Number UNKNOWN, Serial Number UNKNOWN B-29-70-BW 44-69972, known as "Doc". Data plated oxidized and unreadable. Data plate located on bottom left of frame. Data collected June 4th 2018.

Part Number 3-14335-992, Contract Number 8073, Serial Number 1212 - B-29-75-BW 44-70064, Craft Number 10896 (painted as "Raz'N H E L L") produced at Boeing, Wichita Kansas. Castle Air Museum, California. NOTE: Per the Castle Air Museum, the aircraft on display painted as "Raz'N H E L L" was built from three aircraft for display at the museum: Tail B-29A-35-BN 44-61535 (original Raz'N H E L L), Wings B-29-60-BA 44-84084 (Bell, Atlanta Georgia) and Fuselage B-29-75-BW 44-70064 (Boeing, Wichita Kansas). B-29-75-BW 44-70064, Craft Number 10896, delivered April 20th 1945, was the 1200th B-29 produced at Boeing, Wichita Kansas under the 75th Block of production. Data collected February 18th 2015.

Part Number 3-14335-992, Contract Number AC 19673, Serial Number 1460 - B-29-90-BW 44-87779, Craft Number 12582 "Legal Eagle II" produced at Boeing, Wichita, Kansas. Currently on display at the South Dakota Air and Space Museum. B-29-90-BW 44-87779 was the 1,435th B-29 produced at Boeing Wichita, Kansas. Data collected February 4th 2015):

Boeing, Renton Washington – BN, 1119 Aircraft
Part Number 3-14335-10 was used on:
C/N 7231 B-29A-1-BN 42-93824 to C/N 7250 B-29A-1-BN 42-93843 = 20 Aircraft
C/N 7251 B-29A-5-BN 42-93844 to C/N 7280 B-29A-5-BN 42-93873 = 30 Aircraft
Part Number 3-14335-12 was used on:
C/N 7281 B-29A-10-BN 42-93874 and on

ASSY 3-14335-13 UNIT 142 – (owned by Taigh Ramey) installed in Boeing, Renton production Block 15:
C/N 7331 B-29A-15-BN 42-93924 to C/N 7380 B-29A-15-BN 42-93973
Linearly the 142nd tail produced at Boeing Renton, C/N 7373 B-29A-15-BN 42-93966.

ASSY 3-14335-13 UNIT 335 - (owned by Nick V) installed in Boeing, Renton production Block 35:
C/N 10987 B-29A-35-BN 44-61510 to C/N 11086 B-29A-35-BN 44-61609
Linearly the 335th B-29A built at Boeing, Renton was C/N 11022 B-29A-35-BN 44-61545
Data collected January 2015

ASSY 3-14335-13 UNIT 813 - The original tail (not currently mounted) for B-29A-60-BN 44-62022 "Peachy", the 813th B-29A produced at Boeing, Renton. Pueblo Weibrod Aircraft Museum, Colorado. Recovered from China Lake. Data collected February 19th 2015

ASSY 3-14335-13 UNIT 865 – tail mounted on B-29A-60-BN 44-62070 C/N 11547 “Fifi”, the 860th B-29A produced at Boeing, Renton. Commemorative Air Museum, Dallas Texas. Data collected June 4th 2016.

ASSY 3-14335-13 UNIT 940 - tail currently mounted on B-29A-60-BN 44-62022 "Peachy" (not her original tail). This tail is probably from a B-29A that was produced in the Block 65 of Boeing, Renton Washington. Pueblo Weibrod Aircraft Museum, Colorado. Recovered from China Lake. Data collected February 19th 2015

ASSY 3-14335-13 UNIT 998 - (owned by QuestMasters), installed in Boeing, Renton production Block 65: C/N 11685 B-29A-65-BN 44-62208 the 999th B-29A produced at Boeing, Renton and later converted to TB-29.

Martin, Omaha Nebraska – MO, 536 Total
Hudson produced tails for Martin:
Part Number 3-14335-14, Contract Number W33-038-AC-117, Serial Number 239 - B-29-36-MO 44-27297 "Bockscar", National Museum of the United States Air Force, Dayton Ohio.
Part Number 3-14335-14, Contract Number W33-038-AC-117, Serial Number 377 - (owned by QuestMasters)

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B-29 42-24791 "Big Time Operator"
C-47A 43-15137 "7H" Normandy/Holland Vet
SNJ-5B S/N 84947
UC-45F 43-35764 Cockpit
PT-26A 42-71104
LNE-1 S/N 31556
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CG-4A Cockpit (x2) and fuselage
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:08 am 
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More B-29 tail data! Thanks to John Schauer "b29flteng", flight engineer of the B-29A "Fifi"! He allowed me to crawl into the tail and collect the needed data for this thread!
This is the tail data from B-29A-60-BN 44-62070 C/N 11547 “Fifi” tail:
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ASSY 3-14335-13 UNIT 865
B-29A-60-BN 44-62070 C/N 11547 “Fifi”, was roughly the 860th B-29A produced at Boeing, Renton. Currently owned by the Commemorative Air Museum, Dallas Texas. Data collected June 4th 2016.

I have added this tail data to the "master list" in the previous posting.
Thank you to everyone for helping this research project. Still more data to collect though!

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Van
Kosovo, Afghanistan (x2) and Iraq Campaign Veteran
B-29 42-24791 "Big Time Operator"
C-47A 43-15137 "7H" Normandy/Holland Vet
SNJ-5B S/N 84947
UC-45F 43-35764 Cockpit
PT-26A 42-71104
LNE-1 S/N 31556
CG-15A Cockpit
CG-4A Cockpit (x2) and fuselage
Follow QuestMasters on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/QuestMastersMuseum
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:00 pm 
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It's been a while since I have updated this thread, but I have new data to add. This tail data is from Boeing B-29-70-BW 44-69972, known as "Doc". I was able to take the following photos, which are consistent with late-war B-29's produced at Boeing, Wichita (see B-29-75-BW 44-70064, Craft Number 10896, painted as "Raz'N H E L L") . The tail data stamping for B-29-70-BW 44-69972, known as "Doc" was moved from the top of the frame, just before the tail turret enclosure pressure door, to a data plate located to the aircraft's lower starboard side (viewers, lower left), similar to Martin produced aircraft, which also used a data plate, but the placement is slightly higher and did not stamp the Assembly number on the top of the frame. Unfortunately, the data plate is obscured from any markings due to oxidation, but the placement is important non-the-less for B-29 tail enclosure documentation and identification.
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Data plate:
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Van
Kosovo, Afghanistan (x2) and Iraq Campaign Veteran
B-29 42-24791 "Big Time Operator"
C-47A 43-15137 "7H" Normandy/Holland Vet
SNJ-5B S/N 84947
UC-45F 43-35764 Cockpit
PT-26A 42-71104
LNE-1 S/N 31556
CG-15A Cockpit
CG-4A Cockpit (x2) and fuselage
Follow QuestMasters on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/QuestMastersMuseum
Museum collection homepage: http://www.questmasters.us


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