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Enola Gay

by John M. White |  | 1 comment

As pilots we all love to see photographs of airplanes, in particular those aircraft which are part of history. Paul Tibbets waves from the cockpit of the Enola Gay If you have any interest in historical aircraft at all you surely know about the famous B-29 the "Enola Gay" dropped the first atom bomb on Japan on August 6th 1945. The aircraft got it's name from the name of the mother of the pilot of the aircraft Paul Tibbets. His mother's name was Enola Gay Tibbets. The cockpit and nose section of the "Enola Gay" were on display at the National Air & Space Museum (NASM) in downtown Washington, D.C. in 1995, but a controversy arose over the historical script on display with the aircraft. A number of organizations complained that the script focused too much on the number of casualties inflicted by the nuclear bomb rather than on the motivation for using the bomb in the first place, nor about the aircraft's role in ending the war with Japan. The exhibit brought national attention to the many controversies about dropping the atom bomb on Japan, and while a number of attempts were made to revise the exhibit to please everyone the exhibit was finally canceled on January 30th 1995. Some of the protesters threw red paint on the carpeting in the gallery while others threw ash and human blood on the aircraft's fuselage. In the end the director of the NASM resigned over the controversy. The entire aircraft was then restored, and since 2003 has been on static display at the NASM Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. A photographer named David Palermo has created a fascinating slide show featuring the cockpit of the "Enola Gay" which you can see by clicking on the link below: Enola Gay Slide Show If you enjoy the slide show and would like to see more of the photographer's work, your can go to David Palermo Photography. I would be interested in any comments you might have regarding the "Enola Gay". Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!

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  • Adam on June 24, 2019

    I love the stories that airplanes have with them. I work with the F-4’s in FL that are used as drones now, for target practice for other pilots. The coolest thing I ever saw was a history of some airplane and what they had done during Desert Storm. One of our planes had taken out 12 SAM Sites during the war. Aviation has played a big roll in our history. I think it’s important to keep it alive and let people know how aviation has impacted who we are today. Thanks for sharing, awesome blog you have here can’t wait to read more.

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