December 15, 2003
On December 15, 2003, two groups of survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki went to the Grand Opening of the new Smithsonian Museum annex near Dulles Airport, where the Enola Gay was put on display as a "technological advance," without any mention of the 140,000-plus people who died when a single atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945. These survivors had carried a petition to the Smithsonian requesting that it include the death total on the plaque which describes the plane.
Here are some photos of the Hibakusa (atomic bomb survivors) from Japan who, in a very emotional event, saw for the first time up close the airplane which wreaked such havoc and changed the world.
Enola Gay in 1945
Enola Gay in 2003
John Steinbach at Enola Gay Demonstration
ET at Enola Gay
NY Times, 12/16/03
Associated Press, 12/16/03 -
Enola Gay Banner
Washington Post December 17, 2006