Frank Rabbitt Collection on "Enola Gay"
Frank K. Rabbitt worked for American Airlines in various capacities – including ticketing liaison to the White House Travel office - for nearly 30 years before retiring.
After retirement, Rabbitt served as a volunteer docent at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum (NASM). It was while working in this capacity that he learned of the proposed NASM exhibit commemorating the Enola Gay and the 50th anniversary of the first use of atomic weapons. His campaign to have the museum cancel or change the exhibit lasted for several years and cost him his docent position; he was given a 3-month suspension on March 14, 1994, after which he was asked to leave permanently. His efforts were ultimately successful, however, and the exhibit went forward in a reduced format.
Frank Rabbitt was married to Winifred Rabbitt (née Williams). He passed away in Virginia on August 30, 2003.
Permission to publish material from this collection in any form, current or future, must be obtained from the Special Collections Department, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
(2013-11-11)For the 50th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum (NASM) created an exhibit about the historic first use of atomic weaponry ...