Debbie Ann Doyle Dec 1, A group of historians and activists has delivered a petition challenging the National Air and Space Museum's proposed exhibit of the Enola Gaythe B Superfortress used in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, The museum had earlier announced plans to display the restored and fully assembled aircraft at its new Steven F.
On 6 Augustduring the final stages of World War IIit became the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb. The bomb, code-named " Little Boy ", was targeted at the city of HiroshimaJapan, and caused the near-complete destruction of the city. Enola Gay participated in the second atomic attack as the weather reconnaissance aircraft for the primary target of Kokura.
Seventy years ago, the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, bringing an end to a long and devastating World War II and making the Enola Gay, the B that delivered it, one of the most famous in history. The famous B Superfortress rolled off the Glenn L. Martin assembly line in the spring of with what was known as a silverplate modification specifically for the atomic mission.
Enola Gaythe B bomber that was used by the United States on August 6,to drop an atomic bomb on HiroshimaJapan, the first time the explosive device had been used on an enemy target. The aircraft was named after the mother of pilot Paul Warfield Tibbets, Jr. The B also called Superfortress was a four-engine heavy bomber that was built by Boeing.
Skip to content. Boeing's B Superfortress was the most sophisticated propeller-driven bomber of World War II, and the first bomber to house its crew in pressurized compartments. Udvar-Hazy Center.
In the s, the Smithsonian began restoring the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. By then it was a complete mess. Over the years it had been disassembled, spread across multiple buildings, birds had nested in its engines, a turret had been smashed, its wheels had decayed, and its parts were corroded from being left out in the wind, sun and rain. Workers invested an estimatedhours on the task, sorting through countless parts and polishing its aluminum skin until the iconic B Superfortress — one of the most famous planes in the world — once more took shape.
Skip to content. This exhibition, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, told the story of the role of the Enola Gay in securing Japanese surrender. It contained several major components of the Enola Gaythe B bomber used in the atomic mission that destroyed Hiroshima, Japan.