Flight Engineer's Position
Between the copilot and the radio operator is the Flight Engineer's station. The B-29 was the first
military aircraft with a special position dedicated to the function (previous aircraft like the B-17
had the flight engineer doing double duty, without a dedicated instrument/control panel) With the B-29's
incredible complexity, someone to full-time manage the care and feeding
of the flight systems was essential.
Flight Engineer's station
The picture above gives you an appreciation for the magnitude of this job. Please note these photos
were taken in the summer of 2003 during reassembly of the aircraft, and many people were still working
in the fuselage, so not all the switches are shown in the correct positions.
Flight Engineer's station from center aisle
Left side Flight Engineer's panel detail
Left detail against the fuselage (UV light knobs have been removed for restoration)