Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2001 10:19 PM
Subject: Re: B-29
Thank you for sending this wonderful story.
It is so beautifully written and only a truly enthusiastic patriot
could write such an article.
The romance of these machines is truly a dichotomy,
and for some, they represent a horror and mans cruelty to man.
This is probably why, in retrospect, they were so readily destroyed
after a war that was to be forgotten as soon as possible.
Fortunately as things have turned out, we shall
never forget this war. Now the W.W. II memorial being built in
Washington DC, will help preserve the memory and sacrifice.
To us, however, and I am sure for some who flew
them in the war, the sight, sounds and smells of these magnificent
flying machines will always remain an intriguing part of us that
These machines represent one of man's incredible
mechanical achievements during a time of need and survival. The
men who flew them will always be our heroes.
I lived those years as a young boy and I wish
I could write as well as you and put down the impressions of life
during those times.
Your friend, Ron
P.S. The R3350 has 18
cylinders, & the Corncob
4360, has 28 cylinders.