What was the nickname of the B-29 bomber that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan?
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Answer: Enola Gay was the nickname of the B-29 bomber that was used by the United States on this day in 1945, to drop the world’s first atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima, Japan. The Enola Gay was named after Enola Gay Tibbets, the mother of the pilot, Colonel Paul Tibbets. Approximately 80,000 people were killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 were injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout. Today, the Enola Gay is on permanent display at the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia.
The Enola Gay is a Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, named after Enola Gay Tibbets, the mother of the pilot, Colonel Paul Tibbets. On 6 August 1945, during the final stages of World War II, it became the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb. Wikipedia
Manufacturer: Glenn L. Martin Company, Omaha, Nebraska
Owners and operators: United States Army Air Forces
Radio code: Victor 12 (later changed to Victor 82)
In service: 18 May 1945 – 24 July 1946
Did you know: The airplane’s last flight ended on December 2 when the Enola Gay touched down at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. si.edu