Guide to the William A. Rooney Collection on "Enola Gay"
MetadataShow full item record
In 1995, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum (NASM) created an exhibit to feature the "Enola Gay," the B-29 bomber that dropped the first atomic bomb in warfare. The initial exhibit was controversial in its nature, with veteran groups claiming that the revisionist historical attitude was omitting the truth behind the reason to drop the atomic bomb and sympathizing too much with the Japanese. Veterans groups and others became involved in campaigns to display the "Enola Gay" proudly and have the Smithsonian redesign their exhibit to respectfully display the airplane. William A. Rooney, a WWII veteran, was part of the community who helped change the NASM exhibit through letter writing campaigns and publishing articles on the subject in local papers and magazines. Consequently, Dr. Martin Harwit resigned his position as NASM director during the controversy. The original plan was eliminated and a more straightforward historical exhibit of the "Enola Gay" was put in its place.
This is a guide to materials in The William A. Rooney Collection on the "Enola Gay," housed in the History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections Department, The University of Texas at Dallas.