In 1942, the B-29 looked like something straight out of the pages of Tom Swift. On paper, the B-29 was a technological marvel:
The Army designed the B-29 to fulfill the American philosophy, developed in Europe, of using high altitude daylight precision bombing. However, the jet stream over Japan limited the effectiveness of this tactic. Consequently, the B-29 was used in missions for which she was not intended, including low altitude night area bombing and low altitude mining operations. That she eventually succeeded at all of these things is a testament to the aircraft and to the tenacity of the men and women who designed, built, fixed and flew her.