Boeing B-29 Superfortress

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Actual footage of a B-29 Superfortress' bomb doors opening in the U.S. version of Rodan
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Length 30.18 meters
Wingspan 43.06 meters
Targets Hiroshima, Nagasaki
Piloted by Many
Latest appearance GODZILLA: The Planet Eater
First appearance Rodan

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress is an American strategic heavy bomber manufactured by Boeing. While never used in Europe, the B-29 became an iconic aircraft of the time due to its wide use in the Pacific Theater of World War II. One B-29, Enola Gay, became famous for being the bomber that dropped the atomic bomb "Little Boy" over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, while another B-29, Bockscar, dropped the atomic bomb "Fat Man" over Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.

History

Showa Series

Rodan (U.S. version)

Stock footage of an actual B-29 Superfortress was shown during the opening credits of the American version of Rodan.

Frankenstein vs. Baragon

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay" in Frankenstein vs. Baragon

During the Second World War, an experiment into creating a biological supersoldier was carried out by Doctor Reisendorf in Germany, through experimentation on the immortal heart of Frankenstein's monster. With Allied forces closing in on the country during the final months of the war, Nazi soldiers confiscated Reisendorf's research and the heart. Transporting the materials aboard a U-Boat, the Germans made it as far as the Pacific Ocean before their submarine was struck by an Allied bomb, but not before they managed to transfer the experiment over to an Imperial Japanese Navy warship in the area. Making it back to Hiroshima, the Japanese prepared to continue the experiment, only for the B-29 Enola Gay to drop the "Little Boy" atomic bomb on the city, completely destroying it. Although it was thought that the heart had been destroyed during the destruction of Hiroshima, it turned out that the radiation from the blast had given it remarkable regenerative abilities, and in the following years, it grew into a mysterious child who wandered the rebuilt city's streets.

Post-Millennium Series

GODZILLA: The Planet Eater

A single Boeing B-29 Superfortress appeared in the vision created by Metphies to bring Haruo Sakaki under his influence, with the B-29 in particular being one of the two planes that dropped the atomic bombs in 1945. As Metphies explained that Godzilla Earth and Ghidorah's attacks on humanity were the fault of humans themselves, the human and Exif were transported by the vision into the cockpit of one of the bombers, where they witnessed the atomic bombing of either Hiroshima or Nagasaki. The vision was interrupted when Martin Lazzari and Maina prayed to Mothra to save Haruo. Immediately afterwards, a gigantic silhouette of Mothra slammed head on into the B-29, causing it to break apart midflight and giving Haruo enough awareness to hear Martin and Maina's calls for help, if only for a moment.

Weapons

  • Max speed of 354 miles per hour
  • Bombs

Comics

Godzilla: Awakening

Ishiro Serizawa's father was present in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 and witnessed the atomic bomb being dropped on the city. Serizawa survived, but he also witnessed the awakening of the creature Shinomura due to the radiation released by the bomb.

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