On 6 August , during the final stages of World War II , it became the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb. The bomb, code-named " Little Boy ", was targeted at the city of Hiroshima , Japan, 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. Clouds and drifting smoke resulted in a secondary target, Nagasaki , being bombed instead. In May , it was flown to Kwajalein for the Operation Crossroads nuclear tests in the Pacific, but was not chosen to make the test drop at Bikini Atoll. Later that year it was transferred to the Smithsonian Institution , and 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, Maryland , in In the s, veterans groups engaged in a call for the Smithsonian to put the aircraft on display, leading to an acrimonious debate about exhibiting the aircraft without a proper historical context.
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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. This exhibition was on display in Gallery from June 28, to May 17, The historic Boeing B Enola Gay is shown here just after being restored and re-assembled in The airplane, which received the most extensive restoration in the museum's history, is on display at the Steven F.
Controversy over the Enola Gay Exhibition
As other forces prioritized the impact of airpower, the U. Air Service drastically cut 6, of its 10, pilots in just nine days back in This did not sit well with Army General Billy Mitchell.
If the Enola Gay goes on display at the National Air and Space Museum next May, it won't be the historically distorted show that was originally planned. The Enola Gay is the B that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima in After a lengthy period of restoration, the aircraft is scheduled to be part of an exhibition in on the fiftieth anniversary of its famous mission.