A Reluctant Start

  • Martin Harwit


Three weeks after the advisory committee meeting, Von Hardesty, chair of the museum’s aeronautics department, sent me a long memorandum on “Strategic Bombing and the proposed display of the B-29 Enola Gay.” It reported on two meetings he had held, respectively, with members of the museum’s aeronautics department and senior staff from all parts of the museum. These had been prompted by my noting that there were two spaces in the museum that might just barely be sufficiently large to house the Enola Gay, despite the aircraft’s enormous wingspan.


Archival Document National Gallery Curatorial Staff Fiftieth Anniversary Advisory Committee Meeting 
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