Renton Plant

The property was then transferred by the State of Washington to the federal government at the start of World War II. The Navy Department established an aircraft factory there for production of the Boeing PBB Sea Ranger flying boat. This order was cancelled, however, to free the factory for production of the B-29 Superfortress, the factory being transferred to the Army in exchange for use of the North American Aviation Kansas City factory for production of land based B-25 Mitchells for the US Marine Corps as PBJ-1s.  From:   Wikipedia

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by C. Marin Faure - Boeing Co.
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The Boeing B-29 Superfortress, the most technologically advanced airplane produced during World War II, first flew Sept. 21, 1942. The B-29 had many new features, including guns that could be fired by remote control. The crew areas were pressurized and connected by a long tube over the bomb bays. The tail gunner had a separate pressurized area that could only be left during unpressurized flight. At 105,000 pounds, the B-29 was also the heaviest production plane because of increases in range, bomb load and defensive requirements. 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 Soviet-built copy of the B-29 was called the Tupolev Tu-4. A total of 3,970 B-29s were built. Images from: Boeing Archives


The Boeing B-29 Superfortress, the most technologically advanced airplane produced during World War II, first flew Sept. 21, 1942. The B-29 had many new features, including guns that could be fired by remote control. The crew areas were pressurized and connected by a long tube over the bomb bays. The tail gunner had a separate pressurized area that could only be left during unpressurized flight. At 105,000 pounds, the B-29 was also the heaviest production plane because of increases in range, bomb load and defensive requirements. 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 Soviet-built copy of the B-29 was called the Tupolev Tu-4. A total of 3,970 B-29s were.

The XPBB-1, the Sea Ranger, was a long-range patrol bomber built for the Navy. Although the Navy orderd 57 XPBB-1s, only the prototype was completed when wartime strategy shifted to the produciton of land-based bombers. Consequently, the one-of-a-kind prototype was nicknamed the Lone Ranger.

View a Plane Sinking  some time later, right where this photo was taken.



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