Bockscar The Little Plane That Could

Bockscar

Today we headed over to Dayton Ohio to the National Airforce Museum. I am always in awe of this place and it is free. Smithsonian Air & Space doesn’t have anything over on this place. If you are in the area it is really a good spot to spend a day.

“Bockscar, sometimes called Bock’s Car, is the name of the United States Army Air Forces B-29 bomber that dropped a Fat Man nuclear weapon over the Japanese city of Nagasaki during World War II in the second – and last – nuclear attack in history. Bockscar was used in 13 training and practice missions from Tinian, and three combat missions in which it dropped pumpkin bombs on industrial targets in Japan. On 9 August 1945, Bockscar, piloted by the 393d Bombardment Squadron’s commander, Major Charles W. Sweeney, dropped a Fat Man nuclear bomb with a blast yield equivalent to 21 kilotons of TNT over the city of Nagasaki. About 44% of the city was destroyed; 35,000 people were killed and 60,000 injured.” –Bockscar

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