Paul Tibbets

Paul Tibbets

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  • "Now [Tibbets] was back in the states working as a test pilot, helping engineers design the new B-29 bomber" (pg144-145)
  • This should work. We should start building it.
  • Paul Tibbets
  • B-29 BOMBER
  • "Tibbets selected a base in Wendover, Utah, a remote spot surrounded by salt flats ... Then Tibbets chose his flight crews" (pg147)
  • This is the new B-29. Let's start training!
  • Paul Tibbets and crew
  • AUGUST 6 1945 Tibbets begins his accent towards Hiroshima to hopefully end the war. Everything rests on his shoulders
  • "With less than 100 feet left, they saw the plane ease off the ground and begin the climb" (pg191)
  • Only 100 feet left... and we have lift off. I repeat we have lift off.
  • "Tibbets guided the plane toward the bridge ... At 8:15 the bomb bay doors opened. The bomb dropped out and fell toward the city" (pg194)
  • Above Hiroshima, Japan
  • Paul Tibbets
  • I have the bridge in sight. Drop the bomb. T-minus 20 seconds until impact of Little Boy.
  • "Paul Tibbets's report was relayed from Tinian to Leslie Groves's office in Washington D.C" (pg198)
  • WA D.C.
  • The horror ... Hiroshima has been destroyed. But now we can hope for peace
  • Leslie Groves
  • "Tibbets assigned the mission of dropping the second bomb to a pilot named Charles Sweeney" (pg205)
  • Charles Sweeney
  • Charles, here are the details for the bombing of Nagasaki. Good luck.
  • Paul Tibbets
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