Its a great shame because the B29 was,other than the engines, a truly great design. But it was rushed into service far too quickly. There is a TV programme on Discovery called 'Aircraft Restoration' that did a feature on the revival of Fifi, the commemorative airforces B29. One of the guys who was instrumental in recovering it was part of the group in 1943/44 that went around trying to repair the aircraft as they came off the production line with upgrades (Boeing were still designing it and modifying it on the production line which was asking for trouble)
There was an airfield where a couple of hundred or so were parked up wanting the upgrades, so Boeing dispatched a few boxcars with numbers on listing what the parts were for the aircraft to be upgraded. Unfortunately on the way there was a rainstorm and it washed the numbers off. So they were there for days trying to upgrade the aircraft to the latest tranche without any indication of what needed doing..... When you hear stories like that, its a marvel they achieved as much as they did.
I can say I know enough about consolidated to comment, but didnt they have a production line for B24's at some point?
I suspect if they had used B50's instead of B29's over Korea, there would have been lower losses. Made a hell of a fine spyplane as well for that matter.
Edited by Stuart Galbraith, 31 March 2020 - 0400 AM.