An Exhibit Denied: Lobbying the History of Enola Gay by Martin Harwit

By Martin Harwit

At 8:15 A.M., August 6, 1945, the Enola homosexual published her load. For 40­ 3 seconds, the world's first atomic bomb plunged via six miles of transparent air to its preset detonation altitude. There it exploded, destroying Hiroshima and 80 thousand of her electorate. No warfare had ever visible such fast devastation. inside 9 days Japan surrendered. global warfare II was once over and a nuclear palms race had all started. Fifty years later, the nationwide Air and area Museum used to be within the ultimate levels of getting ready an exhibition at the Enola Gay's ancient project while eighty-one individuals of Congress angrily demanded cancellation of the deliberate show and the resignation or dismissal of the museum's director. The Smithsonian tnstitution, of which the nationwide Air and house Museum is part, is seriously depending on congressional investment. The Institution's leader government, Smithsonian Secretary I. Michael Heyman, in workplace purely 4 months on the time, scrapped the show as asked, and promised to individually oversee a brand new exhibit without any ancient context. within the wake of that call I resigned because the museum's director and left the Smithsonian.

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A few minutes later, another rumble, as another sound wave reached us more slowly. In preparation for yet another bomb burst, we had emplaced our detectors on a pretty little palm-crested island. The carcass of a Japanese fighter plane was still sitting there, eleven years after the war's end. We climbed all over it, of course, curious to explore its cockpit. We were all too young to have seen a real Japanese fighter plane in combat. Then we left to await the explosion. When the burst occurred a few days later, we did helicopter in to retrieve our detectors.

All signs of vegetation had been blasted away. The Japanese fighter had disappeared. There was no soil. Only fist-size rubble remained. We circled around without landing. There were no neutron detectors to be retrieved. We were all young and gripped by the excitement of being there. When we were not working, we went skin diving, fascinated by the colorful tropical fish that populated the atolls. We collected seashells more beautiful than any we'd ever seen before. We would talk about our plans when we'd get out of the army; most of us wanted to go back to school and earn a higher degree.

If kept at Andrews any longer, where the Air Force was unable or unwilling to provide better security and care, the Enola Gay would be irreparably damaged through neglect. Since no other airfield would do any better, the only alternative was to take her to safe storage. This meant taking the entire aircraft apart, because she was far too big to be transported along available roads. The complex disassembly was begun on August 10, 1960, and required nearly a year. The fuselage had to be separated into two halves.

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