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Gen. Paul Tibbets on: The Problems With the B-29
Gen. Paul Tibbets Q: What were the problems with the B-29?

Well the problems with the B-29 were, I guess, so many of them that you can't go into them all. But, the big problem was this: Number one, the airplane was ordered into mass production before the first thing was ever tested on it, which is contrary to anything that happens before that and is still happening today. You've got all kinds of tests of equipment and then the successor is using the same equipment on an expanded basis. But the biggest of the problems was that the engine was one that had been made from two previous type engines.

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