B-29 Super Fortress "FiFi" Cockpit photo by Keith Breazeal [1600 x 1164]

Correct. Additionally, in a fresh Hope, Lucas modeled the TIE fighter dogfight scene with Luke/Han regarding the turrets basically shot for shot after several WW2 that is old dogfighting to boost the pacing. ...

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  • Correct. Additionally, in A New Hope, Lucas modeled the TIE fighter dogfight scene with Luke/Han on the turrets basically shot for shot after a few old WW2 dogfighting movies to improve the pacing.
  • The attack run on the Death Star is damn near the same as the final mission in The Dambusters. Of course u/Whatsthedealwithair is correct. The Dambusters is what's playing on the TV while Pink melts down in The Wall. This Roman Meal bakery just thought you'd like to know...
  • 633 squadron is far more similar than The Dambusters.
  • we need a hyperspace photoshopped in there!
  • You know... I never thought of the similarities until your comment. Now I'll never get that out of my head lol
  • Lucas was big on WW2 aircraft footage. Makes you wonder how he could mess up Redtails so much.
  • I was so disappointed in that hot mess. Made the pilots sound like idiots.
  • My first thought, too.
  • Ask and ye shall receive (sorta, there isn't any "hyperspace" stuff going on, but it's close) FiFi goes Millennium Falcon
  • Love the personal fans.
  • Yea, that's kind of surprising. Isn't it typically freezing cold at cruising altitude for one of those things? What is the purpose of having a fan?
  • The b-29 was pressurized and had full climate control/air conditioning, so no. Also, like another said, it can get very hot on the ground under the big greenhouse windows in the sun.
  • I'll preface by saying that I've no personal experience of WW2 planes. However, from what I've read and seen I'd guess that as most of these were stationed in the pacific, where it's facking hot, and they're basically sitting in a greenhouse, that the fans are for when on the ground/low altitude.
  • If you think of the context of when the B-29 was designed and built it was quite a high tech machine: pressurized cabins, fire control systems, a bomb load 4x more than the B-17. There's no way anyone could build something like it in 1939. It's symbolic that it ushered in the end of the war and the start of the nuclear age.
  • The gun turrets were insane. This was a bomber that did not require a fighter escort. I think there was an instance of one successfully defending itself against 14 fighters.
  • You're right that it didn't require an escort, but it isn't because of the gun turrets. Flying at high altitude, it was practically impossible to intercept using gun-armed fighters. It's large wings gave it the ability to outturn fighters in the thin air at 30,000 feet, assuming those fighters could get there in the first place. Those fighters faced other problems too. If they turned too tight, or fired their guns without adequate airspeed, they would stall. By the time they recovered and gained the altitude for another intercept, the bombers were long gone. Also, intercept geometry was critical. Fighters needed adequate early warning to take off and get into the right position to make the intercept. Getting to high altitude and setting oneself up for a gun run took time and took lots of fuel. The first gun run (usually made from the front arc of the B-29, because catching it from the rear was very difficult) was often the only chance that fighter pilots had. If they missed, they couldn't turn around and hope to catch the fast-flying bomber before expending their fuel. This is essentially why the appearance of the Tu-4 scared the USAF so much, and the B-36 absolutely terrified the Soviets. At the time these aircraft entered service, there was nothing in the other side's inventory that could be relied upon to shoot them down.
  • Very interesting!
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