B-29 Bomber – History & Birth of the B-29 Superfortress

This movie tells the story of how the huge B-29 Superfortress bombers were made in huge factories staffed by workers from all walks of life.

The visuals and the stirring narration work together to create a masterful piece of propaganda in that bombastic, yet lyrical style that is peculiar to the form.

Similar to the new Megafactories shows, this short movie shows viewers excellent footage of the B-29s being built in huge factories. When the workers suddenly stop working and look to the skies to hear the “music” of the bombers going through the air, audience members’ hearts probably swelled with patriotic pride.

The part at the end where the narrator talks about this new, big bomber requiring a “new kind of air force” stimulates disturbing images of a future Cold War. This film is essential for collectors of World War II propaganda and is a great piece of history.

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