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The Enola Gay : The B-29 That Dropped the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima - Norman Polmar

The Enola Gay

The B-29 That Dropped the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima

Paperback Published: 1st March 2004
ISBN: 9781574888362
Number Of Pages: 108
For Ages: 15+ years old

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The world entered the atomic age in August 1945, when the B-29 Superfortress nicknamed Enola Gay flew some 1,500 miles from the island of Tinian and dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. The "Little Boy" bomb exploded with the force of 12.5 kilotons of TNT, nearly destroying the city. Three days later, another B-29 dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki. The Japanese government, which had been preparing a bloody defense against an invasion, surrendered six days later. The aircraft was the primary artifact in an exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum from 1995 to 1998. The original, controversial exhibit script was changed, and the final exhibition attracted some 4 million visitors, testifying to the enduring interest in the aircraft and its mission. This book tells the story of the Enola Gay, the Boeing B-29 program, and the combat operations of the B-29 type. After nearly two decades of restoration, the Enola Gay will be one of the highlights of the museum's new Udvar-Hazy Center, which is scheduled to open at Dulles International Airport on December 15, 2003.

Foreword Curator's
Viewpoint Author's
The B-29 Superfortress
The Enola Gay
The Mission
B-29 Postscripts
The Artifact
Enola Gay Chronology
B-29 Models and Variants
B-29 Characteristics
About the Author
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781574888362
ISBN-10: 1574888366
Audience: General
For Ages: 15+ years old
For Grades: 10+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 108
Published: 1st March 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 18.69 x 22.76  x 0.74
Weight (kg): 0.24