United States Air Force Propeller Driven Essay

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On August 6, 1945 at 2:45 a.m. a United States Air Force propeller-driven, four-engine Boeing B-29 aircraft lifted off from the unassuming island of Tinian in the Northern Mariana Islands. The plotted course of the aircraft that we now know infamously as the Enola Gay was due north with instructions to drop its contents. Inside, as was customary for a Boeing Super Fortress, was a bomb. However, unlike the bombs that the U.S. Air Force had scorched Japan for roughly a year with during World War II, this bomb was not filled with the standard incendiaries. Instead, this 9700 pound bomb resembling an obese metal baseball bat was packed with two masses of highly enriched uranium-235. The bomb, innocently named “Little Boy” arrived at its destination over Hiroshima, Japan at 8:32a.m. local time. Poised above Hiroshima’s Aioi Bridge at exactly 9:14a.m., bombardier, Thomas Ferebee, flicked the switch dropping the first atomic bomb the world had ever seen. The explosion eliminated 90 percent of the city and immediately killed 80,000 people. Thousands more would later die of radiation exposure. Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announced his country’s unconditional surrender in World War II in a radio address on August 15, 1945 citing the devastating power of “a new and most cruel bomb.”
The events of that day would forever be printed and engrained in history books across the globe, and continue to spark debate to this day concerning the ethical, legal and military controversies that…

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