Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Boeing Washington B.1

A less known operator of the B-29 Superfortress was the The Royal Air Force, which used in all 87 former USAF as a stop-gap measure between the retirement of the Avro Lincoln and the deployment of the English Electric Canberra bombers. By acquiring the Boeing bombers, resources would not have to be diverted from the V-bomber program.The first Washingtons, as the RAF called the aircraft, arrived to the United Kigdom in 1950, and they served as long-range nuclear capable bombers in nine squadrons between 1950 and 1958. The last remaining Washingtons were used as Electronic Intelligence platforms by 192 Squadron.

Two Washingtons were transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force in 1952, where they were used by the RAAF Aeronautical Research and Development Uni to conduct trials for the United Kingdom's Ministry of Supply. Both aircraft were retired in 1956 and sold for scrap in 1957.

 Boeing B-29 Washington, WF502, Royal Air Force.

 Boeing B-29 Washington of 192 Squadron.

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