np, 1990. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #22-2947
Oblong 8 x 10", black/white photograph, photo in nice condition in a black frame 18 x 20" and double matted (black and grey). This is a copy of the famous photo (by an unknown photographer) showing Tibbets, Van Kirk and Ferebee posing below the nose of a plane. The Enola Gay went into service on May 18, 1945, and was the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb in warfare. The crew trained continuously from November 1944 to June 1945. Early in the morning August 6, 1945, prior to leaving to drop the bomb on Hiroshima, Tibetts had "Enola Gay" (his mother's name) painted on the nose of the plane. Three B-29s- Enola Gay, Great Artiste and Necessary Evil- flew thirteen hours to reach the target. The Enola Gay dropped the bomb- code name "Little Boy" (built under the supervision of Robert Oppenheimer and Gen. Leslie Groves) over Hiroshima. It only took 53 seconds. SIGNED- IN BLUE INK- LEFT TO RIGHT- "THEODORE J. 'DUTCH' VAN KIRK NAVIGATOR", "PAUL W. TIBBETS PILOT", "THOMAS W. FEREBEE BOMBADIER 11/15/90". Attractively framed, extra postage required for shipping.