The First Atomic Mission. Summary [ edit ] Description Enlisted flight crew of the Enola Gay. No one had ever tra This is an American story. National Air and Space Museum. On request, he gave a friendly wave for the cameras. Amid fierce opposition, however, the original plans were canceled and a much scaled-back version was staged.
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Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. John D rated it really liked it Mar 20, This file is a candidate to be copied to Wikimedia Commons. On 6 Augustduring the final stages of World War IIit became the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb. Later that year it was transferred to the Smithsonian Institutionand spent many years parked at air bases exposed to the weather and souvenir hunters, before being disassembled and transported to the Smithsonian's storage facility at Suitland, Marylandin Rather, the dispute was sometimes a symbolic issue in a "culture war" in which many Americans lumped together the seeming decline of American power, the difficulties of the domestic economy, the threats in world trade and especially Japan's successes, the loss of domestic jobs, and even changes in American gender roles and shifts in the American family.
Enola Gay became the center of a controversy at the Smithsonian Institution when the museum planned to put its fuselage on public display in as part of an exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. Of the 12 men who flew aboard the Enola Gay the day the US B Superfortress dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima 70 years ago this summer, none knew the four-engine bomber better than Captain Robert Lewis. After three unsuccessful passes, Bockscar diverted to its secondary target, Nagasaki,  where it dropped its bomb. First hand account from pilot of the bomber Enola Gay and dropping the Atom Bomb.