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Declassified Photos, B-29, "Enola Gay"

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by fredball, Jan 21, 2016.

  1. fredball

    fredball Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    At the beginning of the Atomic
    Age!!!!!!!!!!!!! One wonders if these
    men realized then, the Power of what they were, or part of unleashing????????????


    This came from a retired USAF.

    Forest Arden was the chief flight mechanic of a B-29 stationed at Tinian Island . His aircraft was parked nearby to the Enola Gay and he watched the loading procedure of the first Atomic Bomb.


    He said that security was strictly enforced and no one was allowed to
    approach to within 100 yards! Few had any inkling of what about to
    occur. Everyone was astounded at the sudden end of World War II.

    This is an unbelievable set of photos - the REAL thing - pix from
    Tinian Island as the B-29"Enola Gay" was being

    loaded. Notice the "Top Secret" stamp on some of the >
    photos. In the last few pix notice the CRUDE sheet metal
    work on the casing and fins of "Little Boy" - the bomb
    that was dropped on Hiroshima.



    http://www.alternatewars.com/Bomb_Loading/Bomb_Guide.htm
     
  2. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    Amazing.
     
  3. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles Lane County, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Great photo history. Thanks for sharing.
     
  4. Larrytpdx

    Larrytpdx Portland, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    WOW.
     
  5. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    That's pretty cool. I've been watching the first 2 seasons of "Manhattan" about the development of the bomb. It's interesting to see the real thing and to see the story of how they were developed.
     
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  6. Pops1911

    Pops1911 Cinebar/Issaquah Well-Known Member

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    Those are some amazing photos of real history. Thanks for sharing.
     
  7. Goosebrown

    Goosebrown Beaverton Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Very good show.
     
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  8. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    Got to wander Nagasaki 20 years ago. Stood at ground zero, took in the museum/park, had a couple meals and photographed the whole city from the peak. Interesting to follow up here and see pics of what immediately preceded the big drop there. Thanks for posting.
     
  9. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Just think... all that was conceived, worked out, and executed pre-computer age.

    Also, the SR-71 Blackbird that STILL holds many records.... built with slide-rules and brains... pre-computer age.



    Amazing.
     
  10. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    No,the aliens let us use their computers
     
  11. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    You must mean the ones they put in peoples' butts who lived in the "mobile home" parks. :D
     
  12. Brutus57

    Brutus57 Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    My dad was a B-29 flight engineer on Tinian. His unit was right next to the 509th. They used to give them a hard time because they saw them as prima donnas who never flew combat missions over the Empire. Dad watched them load Fat Man for Nagasaki.

    Brutus Out
     
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  13. CoastRange57

    CoastRange57 Western Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Can you imagine over 900 B 29's on one raid into the heart of Japan, dropping incinderary (sp) bombs, setting most large Japanese cities on fie...900, that number is mind boggling.

    The American sheep have no idea what it took and the balls our soldiers and airmen had to defeat those Nazi and Nip bastards. They just simply have no idea.
     
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  14. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Keep in mind that about 80% of the TV show Manhattan is made up drama.

    Its one of my favorite shows getting tired of watching cops shows where they shoot someone every show and Doctor shows where everyone is bangin everyone in the on call rooms all the time. Nice to see a show based on something I haven't been watching for 40 years.
     
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  15. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Yeah, I kind of figured as much, but it's still interesting. And I'm pretty sure they had their fair share of drama between each other too. And, like you, I am sick of cop/reality type shows. It's been hard for a while now to find much worth watching.
     
  16. kamaaina1

    kamaaina1 Vancouver, WA New Member

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    Very cool! I wonder if those servicemen really had an idea of what impact it would have ....
     
  17. SHPD_Retired

    SHPD_Retired Saint Helens Well-Known Member

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    I can't stand to watch cop shows. They are not even close to what real police work is like. If you want to enjoy a cop show though, watch Reno911. It was hilarious.
     
  18. jsparks747

    jsparks747 Portland, Or Active Member

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    Really awesome plane. Dropped the first Atom Bomb. So many people say nuke yet a nuke would slowly kill the world via radiation poisoning.
     
  19. CoastRange57

    CoastRange57 Western Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Summer of 2014 I was outside in garden. I heard the sweet sound of radials coming from the south and looked up. B-25 coming over about 2500 feet. Nice. Then the sound of radials I had not really head before and that is because they were supercharged radials on Fifi, the only flying B - 29. Holy sh*t. Never had seen or heard one before.

    Quickly got on line, no tracking going on, Facebook nothing, called the neighbors kid who works on the flight line at KHIO, they heard and saw it headed north. It was on its way up to Olympia for some private event. Had some mechancial issue and had to fly back to San Jose for maintenance. Next day at 10 it comes back headed north. I was making phone calls and doing internet search's to see what its schedule was. I was going to drive to Olympia to see it.

    There is another one in restoration in Kansas I believe, maybe flying next year.
     
  20. jsparks747

    jsparks747 Portland, Or Active Member

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    That would be awesome to see! Lucky you!
     
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