Autographed B-29 Enola Gay Executive Display Model
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This handcrafted mahogany executive display model of the B-29 Enola Gay bomber is a high quality replica of the “Superfortress” whose payload of nuclear bombs helped end World War II. The plaque on the wooden display stand of the B-29 Enola Gay Executive Display Model is cosigned by the Enola Gay navigator Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk and its assistant weaponeer Morris Richard Jeppson. While serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps, Van Kirk navigated fifty-eight B-17 “Flying Fortress” World War II combat missions over occupied France and Germany and a secret mission led by General Mark to negotiate with the Algerian Free French. Van Kirk also navigated the aircraft that flew General Dwight Eisenhower to the North Africa invasion site where Operation Torch was launched. Van Kirk completed his Air Corps service as a major and was awarded the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross and 15 Air Medals. Army Air Corps Second Lieutenant Jeppson, along with Rear Admiral William Sterling Parsons, was responsible for arming the atomic bomb during the flight of the Enola Gay from Tinian to Japan. His role was to remove the safety plugs from the weapon just before reaching the target area. He was awarded the Silver Star. An exceptional gift for CEOs, senior managers, pilots or aviation enthusiasts. Scale 1:72. Ages 14 and up. 16.25"l. x 23.25"w. x 10.25"h.
Boeing's B-29 “Superfortress” was the most sophisticated propeller-driven bomber to fly during World War II, and the first bomber to house its crew in pressurized compartments. The first B-29 bombers were delivered in April 1944 and were used exclusively in the Pacific theater. The most famous B-29 is the Enola Gay, which dropped the first nuclear weapon used in combat on Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945. The Enola Gay is on view in the Boeing Aviation Hangar of the National Air and Space Museum’s Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center. One of the world’s finest collections of model aircraft and spacecraft is housed in the National Air and Space Museum.
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