- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 100 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: February 18, 2002
Recently released documents reveal of how the USSR successfully copied America's mightiest bomber.
America's B-29 Superfortress was the most advanced bomber of its day, capable of flying farther, faster and higher than any other plane in the world. And the Soviets were determined to obtain one for themselves.
STEALING THE SUPERFORTRESS is a feature-length expose that draws on recently discovered Soviet archival material and the memories of those who were there to detail how the USSR produced a rivet-for-rivet copy of the Superfortress. Follow the development of the B-29 from the meeting where it was first proposed to the perilous early flights in the Pacific theater, and see how the USSR offered America landing rights in the event of an emergency, despite being officially neutral in the conflict with Japan. When a B-29 touched down in Vladivostok on July 29, 1944 (the first of three such incidents), the crew was immediately interned and the plane impounded. Slightly more than two years later, the Soviet Union introduced the Tupolev TU-4, a virtual replica of the B-29.
STEALING THE SUPERFORTRESS travels from Washington, DC to Moscow to tell the truth about the incredible event that tilted the balance of power in the Cold War.