Enola Gay Gets a Makeover

By: 23 Newsroom
By: 23 Newsroom

The plane that dropped the first atomic bomb is sitting in a hangar in Virginia looking just like it did on August 6, 1945, but the 'Enola Gay' is in need of a little makeover. It's a restoration 20 years in the making.

After World War II, the Enola Gay was stored outside for several years. In 1960, it was dismantled and put into storage. The Smithsonian Institute began restoring it in 1984, with the help of volunteers from around the world.

Officials say hundreds of thousands of hours were spent cleaning the parts and reassembling them. The Smithsonian says it's the most extensive restoration effort in the museum's history. The Enola Gay will go on public display in December.

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