Cost of B-29 Superfortress

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Cost of B-29 Superfortress

Postby eaglestar78 » 15 Jan 2013 23:37

A B-29 A or B model cost between $750,000 and $1 million USD in 1944-45

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Re: Cost of B-29 Superfortress

Postby Takao » 16 Jan 2013 05:20

That would either be somewhat high or very early in the program. IIRC, the average "fly-away" cost for a B-29 was around $639,000-$640,000 USD.

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Re: Cost of B-29 Superfortress

Postby Sizemore » 03 Feb 2013 00:33

eaglestar78 wrote:A B-29 A or B model cost between $750,000 and $1 million USD in 1944-45


Wow. R&D was 3 billion in 1940 dollars, I believe.

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Re: Cost of B-29 Superfortress

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Re: Cost of B-29 Superfortress

Postby eaglestar78 » 22 Feb 2013 22:55

The R&D for the B-29 program was the same as the Manhatten Project for the A- bomb $2 Billion USD in 1945

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Re: Cost of B-29 Superfortress

Postby phylo_roadking » 22 Feb 2013 23:54

...the Manhatten Project for the A- bomb $2 Billion USD in 1945


Actually....$1,889,604,000. Of that, under 10% was R&D! 8O The rest, over 90% of the cost, was for building plants and producing the fissionable materials :P

I wonder what the cost of the B-29 project would be if you factored in the cost of building and equiping the four main assembly factories; a pair of Boeing operated plants at Renton, Washington, and Wichita, Kansas, a Bell plant at Marietta, Georgia ("Bell-Atlanta"), and a Martin plant at Omaha, Nebraska ("Martin-Omaha")? :wink:
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Re: Cost of B-29 Superfortress

Postby phylo_roadking » 23 Feb 2013 00:56

$750,000


Hmm....an Avro Lancaster cost in the region of $141,050 - so that's five Lancs for the cost of a Superfortress.

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Re: Cost of B-29 Superfortress

Postby eaglestar78 » 10 Apr 2013 00:16

The U.S Army Waco CG-4A glider program cost $500 million in 1945 USD
Unit cost per glider $17-18k


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