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6 June 2016

B-29 Superfortress/Tu-4 – the new face of the giant

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The War Thunder 1.59 update features improvements to the model of one of the largest aircraft in the game – the B-29 Superfortress strategic bomber as well as the addition of the Tu-4, a Soviet copy of this American giant.

We planned an update of the model of the B-29 Superfortress, which has been the super-giant in the skies of War Thunder for a fair time now, as the basic model was used as the foundation for several very interesting modifications that we want to add to the game. The first of these is the Tu-4 strategic bomber which is a Soviet copy of the B-29. So, we would like to present to you the updated model of the B-29 and the new Soviet Tu-4 bomber in the War Thunder 1.59 "Flaming Arrows" update!



We would first like to show you the update to the external appearance of the B-29. The original model did not meet the standards of quality which we currently follow when making our models. We have created a completely new model of the B-29 which is more accurate and has a high polygon count. The aircraft with the largest wingspan in the game (43 meters) looks better both overall and in detail. The sheets of aircraft skin are made of unpainted metal and beautifully reflect the light of the sun (we now use a new render which is great at conveying shining metal), the nacelles have smoother lines and the pilot’s cabin and gunner positions have become more detailed. The propeller blades are not angular like they were before and the detail of the landing gear has been improved.



The Soviet Tu-4 strategic bomber is a copy of the B-29 with more powerful engines and armament. The USSR did not possess strategic aviation capacity in 1945, while having a great requirement for it as the Cold War was about to begin. The B-29 that ended up in the hands of Soviet engineers seemed to be a technological miracle and a vast gap between the long-range bomber technologies of the US and the USSR was soon discovered. The Soviet engineers had to bridge this gap in the shortest time possible, so they decided to copy this wonderful plane. A huge amount of work was done in the Tupolev Construction Bureau and the result was worth the effort. The Soviet Union now had its own strategic bomber which was given the Tu-4 designation.



After testing and modernization, the soviet B-29 clone became even better than the original – The Tu-4 was equipped with more powerful engines (2400 hp as opposed to the 2200 hp of the B-29) and all five turrets had the machine guns replaced with twin 23 mm autocannon. The cannons were controlled remotely by the gunners and provided 360 degree defense without blind spots.


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As regards to the bombs equipped on the Tu-4 in War Thunder, we have to tell you that there are no plans for an atomic bomb. The same applies to the B-29. The range of bombs includes 50, 100, 250, 500 and 1000 kg, with a total weight of up to 7120 kg. This information is provisional at this stage and will be clarified when the update is released.


The gigantic B-29 and Tu-4 will be waiting for you in the hangars of War Thunder 1.59 "Flaming Arrows"! Fly forth and let the enemy fighters suffer when they try to shoot you down! See you soon!


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