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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

B-29 Formation

B-29 Formation

B-29 bombers flying in the "Combat Box" formation. Air Force photo scanned from the original negative. View full size.

Thanks for all the info!

I was told this was taken by an Air Force photographer who served from 1944-48 so you're right about the dates.

Red stripes.

Red stripes (as in this photo) were added to the white horizontal bar on the US national aircraft insignia in January 1947.

Black undersides were used on many B-29s against Japan in WW2 and later on in Korea.

"United States Air Force" was marked across the front, upper part of the fuselage on all aircraft after 1950. I don't see it in this photo but it might be the photo's perspective is too low to see it if it is there. Or, it might not be there.

The photo is probably post-1947. It might be pre-1950.

Army Air Corps

The Army Air Corps ceased to exist in January 1942. The U.S. Army Air Forces became the new entities for Army aviation until 1947 when the USAF became a separate service. Since the bottoms of some of B-29's are black this would date the image around the Korean War.

 
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