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ENOLA GAY CREW - EPHEMERA SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: ENOLA GAY CREW (THEODORE VAN KIRK), ENOLA GAY CREW (PAUL W. TIBBETS) - HFSID 278498

ENOLA GAY: PAUL TIBBETS and THEODORE VAN KIRK Mahogany scale model of the "Little Boy" atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, signed by Pilot Tibbets and Navigator Van Kirk Scale Model signed: "Paul Tibbets", "Dutch Van Kirk/Navigator/Enola Gay"

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ENOLA GAY: PAUL TIBBETS and THEODORE VAN KIRK
Mahogany scale model of the "Little Boy" atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, signed by Pilot Tibbets and Navigator Van Kirk
Scale Model signed: "Paul Tibbets", "Dutch Van Kirk/Navigator/Enola Gay". Hand crafted mahogany 1/12 durable, wooden scale model of the "Little Boy" atomic bomb, 10" long, 2¼" wide, 3½" high, mounted on a 17x6 mahogany base, with a metal plaque (3¾x3¾) affixed. Signed on the plaque, which also contains the bomb's specifications and the following caption: "Col Paul W. Tibbets, USAAF. Housed in its original box. Col. PAUL TIBBETS was solely responsible for the organization, training, and command of the world's first nuclear strike force. On the morning of August 6, 1945 Col. Tibbets flew the Enola Gay into the future by dropping the world's first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan." Little Boy, a Uranium 235 bomb developed by the scientists developed at the highly secret Manhattan Project at Los Alamos, New Mexico, was delivered to its target by a the Enola Gay, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress. The Navigator, Captain THEODORE VAN KIRK, kept the Enola Gay on course to its target. The bomb, weighing 8,922 pounds, was released at an altitude of 31,060 feet and detonated at 1,400 feet, with an explosive force equivalent to 20,000 tons of TNT. The bomb killed 66,000 and injured 69,000 people, not including long-term victims of radiation exposure. However, the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 9) certainly hastened Japan's decision to surrender, which the Japanese Emperor announced to his people on the night of August 9, 1945. General Charles Willoughby, General MacArthur's chief of intelligence, estimated that an amphibious invasion of the Japanese home islands, scheduled to begin on November 1, 1945, would have entailed one million American casualties, not to mention the horrific losses to Japanese soldiers and civilians. These models were originally designed for display at various air museums across the country. Tibbets' last name slightly smudged. Otherwise, fine condition.

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