Enola Gay

Boeing B-29 bomber which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima

The Enola Gay is a B-29 Superfortress Bomber. This plane is famous for dropping the first atomic bomb (named Little Boy) over the Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War II. The Bomber is named after its Pilot, Paul Tibbets' mother Enola Gay Tibbets.[1][3] The plane was used from 18 May 1945 to 24 July 1946, after which it was stored at Suitland, Maryland.

Tibbets waving from the Enola Gay to photographers before taking off on the mission to drop the atmoic bomb on Hiroshima.[1][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Grant, R. G. (2005). Hiroshima (How Did It Happen?). Franklin Watts. ISBN 9780749677220.
  2. "Col. Tibbets aboard the Enola Gay". Atomic Archive. Archived from the original on 2011-02-04. Retrieved 2011-03-01.
  3. "Paul Tibbets Commanded Enola Gay, dropped first atomic bomb on Hiroshima". Archived from the original on 2009-02-23. Retrieved 2009-06-19.