Tinian and the Atomic Bomb

The B-29 bombers that dropped the atomic bombs on Japan at the end of World War II took off from the island of Tinian in the Marianas, located about 1,500 miles (2,414 km) from Japan. Below are some photos and information about Tinian and the atomic bombs.

Tinian Island, showing its four 8,500 ft. (2,591 m) runways

Recent photo of Tinian -- the runway on the right was used for the atomic bomb missions

Assembly shed, where the bombs were prepared for use

The "Little Boy" atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima

The B-29 Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima, with loading pit (at left) containing the "Little Boy" atomic bomb. The atomic bombs were too large to roll under the plane and load, as was done with conventional bombs, so they were placed in a pit and the plane was rolled over the pit and then the bomb was lifted up into the plane

The "Little Boy" bomb is lifted from its pit into the Enola Gay

A recent aerial view of the bomb pits -- the Nagasaki bomb was loaded from the pit on the left and the Hiroshima bomb from the pit on the right

The Enola Gay landing on Tinian Island after the Hiroshima bombing

Hiroshima shortly after the bomb was dropped, taken from a plane on the bombing mission at a distance of about 15 miles (24 km)

View of Hiroshima taken an hour after the explosion from distance of 50 miles (80 km)

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