Chantilly, Virginia - December 5, 2003 -- Tail gunner section of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay".   The B-29 was the most sophisticated propeller-driven bomber of World War 2.  It was the first to house its crew in pressurized compartments.  The "Enola Gay"  dropped the first atomic weapon used in warfare on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. It also flew as the advance weather reconaissance aircraft for the nuclear attack on Nagasaki, Japan on August 8, 1945.  The plane was named for the mother of its pilot Colonel Paul Tibbets. Parts of the "Enola Gay" were placed on exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum's building on the National Mall in Washington, DC in 1994.  At that time a controversy began concerning how history should represent the first dropping of a nuclear weapon.  That controversy rages to this time.  Did the atomic bomb hasten the end of World War 2 or did it inflict horrible damage on Japan's civilian population and inaugurate a nuclear arms race ?.Credit: Ron Sachs / CNP.(RESTRICTION: NO New York or New Jersey Newspapers or newspapers within a 75 mile radius of New York City)
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Chantilly, Virginia - December 5, 2003 -- Tail gunner section of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay". The B-29 was the most sophisticated propeller-driven bomber of World War 2. It was the first to house its crew in pressurized compartments. The "Enola Gay" dropped the first atomic weapon used in warfare on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. It also flew as the advance weather reconaissance aircraft for the nuclear attack on Nagasaki, Japan on August 8, 1945. The plane was named for the mother of its pilot Colonel Paul Tibbets. Parts of the "Enola Gay" were placed on exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum's building on the National Mall in Washington, DC in 1994. At that time a controversy began concerning how history should represent the first dropping of a nuclear weapon. That controversy rages to this time. Did the atomic bomb hasten the end of World War 2 or did it inflict horrible damage on Japan's civilian population and inaugurate a nuclear arms race ?.Credit: Ron Sachs / CNP.(RESTRICTION: NO New York or New Jersey Newspapers or newspapers within a 75 mile radius of New York City)

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Date: 17 Oct 2001
Location: Chantilly Virginia United States of America
Credit: Ron Sachs - CNP
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