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[Original USAF caption] ROSWELL ARMY AIR FIELD, New Mexico. Col. Paul W. Tibbets, Jr., of Miami, Florida, wears a smile of deep satisfaction and for good reason. His bombardier, Major Tom W. Ferebee, of Mocksville, North Carolina, on a practice mission had dropped a dummy atomic bomb on a twenty-five (25) foot target shack from an undiscovered but very high altitude. Col. Tibbets' Boeing B-29, the "Enola Gay" (named for his mother), is the same plane he piloted when his bombardier dropped the first atom bomb over Hiroshima. Now it appears likely that Col. Tibbets and his crew will drop the test atom bomb for the Joint Army-Navy Task Force over Bikini Atoll this summer. [Photographed at Roswell AAF, New Mexico, 19-26 March 1946.] [A/C number 44-86292]

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J. L. Hussey (USAAF)

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