B-29 Enola Gay
Dimensions: 25" x 26" Shipping $18.00.
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B-29 Enola Gay
Flown by Paul Tibbets
Dimensions: 25" x 26"
The B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay named by its pilot Paul Tibbets, after his mother. Tibbets choose his B-29 bomber while it was being manufactured at Boeing assembly plant.
The B-29 Enola Gay Superfortress was the first bomber to ever drop an atomic bomb. It was difficult to even think of the need to use an atomic bomb. With its destructive power, it was used to end the War sooner and save lives.
The code name used for the bomb was "Little Boy". The atomic bomb fell on one of the largest city in Japan, which was the city of Hiroshima.
At the end of the war, the Enola Gay was flown to a base in New Mexico. Deciding to send the Enola Gay to the Smithsonian institution in Washington DC. where it remained for several years turned out to be a bad decision.
While parked the Enola Gay was not protected from the weather or from souvenir hunters. The deteriorating condition of the B-29 forced them to transfer it to a facility in Maryland.
The restoration work started in 1984 requiring 300,000 staff hours to complete the project.
This famous aircraft is a static display at a museum in Washington which is now open to the public.