A BIG DEBUT FOR "LITTLE BOY"
At 8:15, Japan Standard Time, 60 years ago today, Colonel Paul W. Tibbets piloted a B-29, the "Enola Gay," over Hiroshima and released the first atomic bomb. "Little Boy" was a 15 kiloton atomic warhead that changed the world forever.
***Hiroshima bomb stats here.
***Truman's announcement to the world here. (audio)
***Information about the Manhattan Project here.
***Photos of the aftermath here.
FDR's death put Truman in the position of having to make a decision that no man before him ever faced; he had the courage to make it and the courage to stand by it. One can only hope that today's leaders are able to find the same courage if faced with similar circumstances.
Tibbets was only 30 years old when he changed the world. What were you doing at 30?