Enola Gay Acquired by the SI

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The United States Air Force transfers ownership of the Boeing B-29 "Enola Gay" to the Smithsonian Institution.


  • Enola Gay (Bomber)
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • United States Air Force


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Schadewald, Paul. "Chronology of the Enola Gay Controversy." Journal of American History, 82, no. 3 (Dec 1995): 1083-84.
  • Harwit, Martin. "An Exhibit Denied: Lobbying the History of the Enola Gay." New York: Springer-Verlag, 1996, p. 430.

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


July 3, 1949


  • Acquisitions
  • Airplanes
  • Controversies
  • Museums
  • Boeing airplanes
  • Interagency Transfers
  • B-29 bomber
  • Museums--Acquisitions

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