Inside the Enola Gay

Close-up photographs of the legendary World War II aircraft

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Aft Compartment

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On most B-29s, the forward portion of the aft compartment contained the gunners’ station where the top and side gunners used a centralized fire-control computer and sighting systems to engage enemy aircraft with two upper and two lower turrets. These were removed, as were the sighting bubbles on the top and sides of the compartment, to reduce weight and drag, giving adequate range for the atomic missions.


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