Rivers of air

  • András Sóbester
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Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Abstract

World War II saw the advent of the high performance, high altitude, long range bomber. Flying routinely at altitudes approaching 30000 feet, these bombers were capable of reaching deep into enemy territory. The aircraft that best exemplifies this aspect of 1940s warfare is, perhaps, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress. This enormous four-engined bomber arguably ended the war in the Pacific, by delivering a series of devastating blows to the Japanese Empire, first through conventional bombing raids on Tokyo and other targets, later by the apocalyptic nuclear strikes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Keywords

Europe Helium Explosive Styrofoam Bark 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • András Sóbester
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  1. 1.School of Engineering SciencesUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

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