The Enola Gay: A Nation's and a Museum's Dilemma

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Addresses controversy surrounding an exhibit planned for the National Air and Space Museum on the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan in 1945, including the fuselage of the plane, the Enola Gay. Details of the script provoked objections from the American Legion and pacifists.


  • American Legion
  • Enola Gay (Bomber)
  • National Air and Space Museum


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


August 7, 1994


  • WW II
  • Atomic bomb
  • Controversies
  • Aeronautics
  • Exhibitions
  • World War, 1939-1945



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