World War II B-29 Superfortress (1943)

These are some photos my grandparents had.  They are all 8×10.  My grandparents grew up very poor during the depression and were sharecroppers in southwest Missouri.  Some time in 1942 a man from Boeing came around and was looking for people to work in the factory in Wichita, KS.  It paid a lot better than sharecropping, so they moved.  My grandfather worked at Boeing until about 1970, with a short break where they tried farming again.

My grandparents are supposed to be in this crowd celebrating the 1000th B-29 Superfortress.  On the back it says “Dad and I are in this crowd.”

On the back of this picture, in my grandmother’s handwriting, it says “Dad and I helped build this plane 1943.”  A nice shot before the festivities, includes the 10,346th Stearman Model 75 Kaydet.  The Kaydet was a trainer, but it’s amazing they were still producing bi-planes, even for training.

Above  and below are nice photos comparing the size of the B-17 Flying Fortress to the B-29 Superfortress.

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