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B-29 Superfortress Fuel Gauge Indicator
Boeing submitted the prototype for the B-29 long-range heavy bomber to the Army in 1939, before the United States entered World War II. The B-29 used the high-speed Boeing 117 airfoil, and its larger Fowler flaps added to the wing area as they increased lift. Modifications led to the B-29D, upgraded to the B-50, and the RB-29 photo reconnaissance aircraft. The B-29 was the first aircraft to have a dedicated Flight Engineer to operate and manage all flight system through a separate control panel due to the complexity of the aircraft. Fuel tanks in the wing of the B-29 provide an overall normal capacity of 5608 U.S. gallons (4669 Imperial). However, the capacity may be increased to a maximum of 9501 U.S. gallons (7912 Imperial) by the installation of auxiliary wing and bomb bay tanks. The fuel gauge indicator, operated by the flight engineer, gave readings in gallons for each of the four engines. Each engine could be monitored individually with the flip of a switch. This instrument has been hand refurbished and set in a housing made from plasma cut 11-gauge hot rolled steel, in a shape inspired by Boeing prop planes build in the early 1940's. It has been hand polished and powder coated with a vintage smoke clear finish to stay true to the B-29 era. Certificate of Authenticity included. May vary slightly from photograph. Measures approximately 11.5"L x 8.5"W x 8"H. Specially priced-no discounts may be applied. Made in U.S.A. NOT FOR FLIGHT USE.