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Paul Tibbets: Introduction (01:37)


Tibbets was instrumental in the development and deployment of the B-29 Superfortress, planned the mission that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, and flew the Enola Gay.

Tibbets' Early Years (04:10)

Tibbets was born in February 1915. He attended Western Military Academy, two universities, and secretly enlisted in the Army. He earned his wings in 1938 and chose to fly multi-engine aircraft. He learned to fly B-17s after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Military Assignments (04:39)

British scientists and experts left for North America. Tibbets led the first daylight attack against German occupied Europe, flew Gen. Mark Clark on a secret mission, and flew Supreme Commander Eisenhower to Gibraltar.

Piloting Skills (03:26)

Tibbets transferred to the 12th Air Force and flew the B-26 Marauder. In 1943, he learned to fly the B-29 Superfortress and established the school that trained every B-29 pilot. He learned about the Manhattan Project.

Manhattan Project (03:07)

The research effort to design an atom bomb had been ongoing but a new type of mission was necessary to deliver the bomb. Tibbets established the 509th Composite Group at Wendover Army Air Field.

Top Secret Mission (02:58)

Nobody in the 509th Composite Group had a complete understanding of the mission they were working on. Tibbets acquired 15 modified B-29s; he discusses over-water training.

Flight over Hiroshima (02:49)

In 1945, the 509th Composite Group moved to Tinian and developed the technique necessary for delivering an atomic bomb. On August 6, 1945, Tibbets flew the Enola Gay over the city and the bombardier released "Little Boy." Tibbets has no regrets.

Credits: Legends of Air Power: Paul Tibbets (00:0-1366)

Credits: Legends of Air Power: Paul Tibbets

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He had his first airplane ride at 12, and from then on he was hooked on flying. Paul Tibbets flew 25 missions in B-17s, including the first American Flying Fortress raid against occupied Europe. But Tibbets gained his fame—and notoriety—on August 6, 1945. On that day, the Enola Gay lifted off North Field with Tibbets and his crew en route to Hiroshima. At 9:15 am the world’s first atomic bomb exploded, and the course of history was forever changed.

Length: 24 minutes

Item#: BVL129027

ISBN: 978-1-64023-393-5

Copyright date: ©2003

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