Because of its role in the atomic bombings of Japan, its name has been synonymous with the controversy over the bombings themselves. The plane gained additional national attention in when an exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution was changed due to a controversy over its historical script. Colonel Paul Tibbets waving from Enola Gay' s cockpit. The plane was one of 15 Bs with the final "Silverplate" modifications necessary to deliver nuclear bombs. Enola Gay was built by the Glenn L.
Inside the Enola Gay
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The plant location was indicated in the data block on the left side of the fuselage below the pilot's window. Also contained the in the block number was information such as the model type and serial number. Each plane was identified by a seven-digit serial number, with the first two digits indicated the fiscal year in which the Army Air Force ordered the plane, followed by a five-digit number unique to each aircraft. The end of World War II in August dictated massive cancellations of existing orders for military equipment. In September of , existing orders for over 5, additional Bs were canceled. Many of the existing B aircraft were sent for storage, and ultimately scrapping at WWII aircraft storage and disposal facilities around the U.
The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Pilot Paul Tibbets,who had named his plane after his own mother, struggled to hold it steady as the first shock waves hit. Generations of scientists had contributed to that moment. Yet, as they began uncovering the minute building blocks forming the world around them, few could have predicted how their compulsive curiosity would combine with political events to produce a devastating new weapon. The first step to the bomb arguably arrived in the mids,when Henri Becquerel found that uranium emitted energy rays.
On 6 August , during the final stages of World War II, it became the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb as a weapon of war. The bomb, code-named " Little Boy ", was targeted at the city of Hiroshima , Japan, and caused extensive destruction. The Enola Gay gained additional attention in when the cockpit and nose section of the aircraft were exhibited during the bombing's 50th anniversary at the National Air and Space Museum NASM of the Smithsonian Institution in downtown Washington, D. The exhibit was changed due to a controversy over original historical script displayed with the aircraft. Udvar-Hazy Center.