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B-29 Bombing Radar

Wed Jul 02, 2008 10:07 pm

I visited the SAC Museum in Omaha today (It's wonderful IMO), and the Museum is restoring a B-29. My brother and I were wondering, where is the Bombing Radar located? We thought maybe between the bomb-bays, but weren't sure.
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RE: B-29 Bombing Radar

Wed Jul 02, 2008 10:33 pm

From: http://flgrube1.tripod.com/id26.html

"The radar antenna for this unit was housed inside a retractable 30-inch hemispherical radome located between the bomb bays and protruding below the fuselage a couple of feet when extended. Later in the war, the AN/APQ-7 Eagle radar unit was used. The Eagle antenna was mounted in a wing-shaped housing installed underneath the forward section of the fuselage. The unit was also devised by Bell Labs and MIT, and was manufactured by Western Electric."

The 4 crew rest bunks in the waist were replaced by the radar operator's station.

[Edited 2008-07-02 15:35:00]

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