The exhibit would have been a departure for the museum, which had focused until then on celebrating technological achievements. These revisions, however, did not fully satisfy the opposing groups and sparked a new wave of criticism. President's Secretary's File, Truman Papers". Enola Gay". Or maybe we already have. Rich knew his father had never flown a B — in World War II, he had been a navigator on a C cargo plane flying the Burma Hump — and so he asked what was so special about the piece.
For the first 10 or 12 years after the war, nobody wanted to revisit the Manhattan Project and the two atomic bombs it produced -- at least not publicly.
Enola Gay became the center of a controversy at the Smithsonian Institution when the museum planned to put its fuselage on public display in as part of an exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Ruin from the Air: A statement issued by the National Air and Space Museum in response to the petition, see http: Building this advanced bomber required massive logistics.
Her grandfather, she was told, had removed the cap more than a half-century earlier.