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Atomic bomb re-enacting dropped from Ohio air show
Associated Press ^ | April 18, 2013 | By DAN SEWELL

Posted on 04/18/2013 8:54:51 AM PDT by oxcart

CINCINNATI (AP) -- A popular southwest Ohio air show has canceled plans to stage a re-enactment of the devastating World War II atomic bomb attack on Japan after protests, officials said Thursday.

Dayton Air Show spokeswoman Brenda Kerfoot said the June 22-23 event at Dayton International Airport will keep a planned "Great Wall of Fire" pyrotechnic show but not as an event meant to re-enact the Aug. 6, 1945, bombing of Hiroshima. The B-29 plane "Fifi," similar to the Enola Gay B-29 bomber used to attack Japan, will remain in the show but in a separate role.

Air show officials said the re-enactment was meant to highlight a historic event that helped end the war and save lives that would have been lost if the war had been prolonged.

"We've taken it as more of an educational show," Kerfoot said. "The wording that we used probably wasn't the best."

She said once critics this week began calling it inappropriate for a family event, the air show decided to separate the B-29 from the pyrotechnic show.

"We didn't want it to become a distraction to the overall quality of the show," she said.

The Dayton Daily News reported that art curator Gabriela Pickett started an online petition to object to the "glamorization of destruction," and said it didn't reflect Dayton's image as a city of peace. Dozens of people around the country signed it.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Japan; News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: airshow; atomicbomb; dayton; hiroshima; ohio
Gabriela Pickett...art curator...glamorization of destruction...city of peace... What else can I say without getting banned from FR?
1 posted on 04/18/2013 8:54:51 AM PDT by oxcart
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To: oxcart

My dad was on the fall river to witness the first A bomb test.
Was looking at his pictures just yesterday.


2 posted on 04/18/2013 8:56:50 AM PDT by sunny48
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To: oxcart

Bonsai


3 posted on 04/18/2013 8:58:01 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: oxcart
Without the kaboom it's not a good re-enactment. You wanna impress me, drop a real nuke on Ohio.

/johnny

4 posted on 04/18/2013 8:58:30 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: sunny48

Trinity?


5 posted on 04/18/2013 8:58:41 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: oxcart

Very cool plane, I got to climb around in it a couple weeks ago. It’s last assignment in the SAC was as an atomic training plane, so it has the framework in the bomb bay that would allow the early bomb’s to be attached to the shackle.


6 posted on 04/18/2013 8:58:46 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: oxcart

Gabriela Pickett has a “city of peace” because that bomb was dropped. What part of that does she not get? Another example of Can’t Understand Normal Thinking.


7 posted on 04/18/2013 9:00:27 AM PDT by Crcl1
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To: oxcart

Gabriela Pickett world renown peacenik and socialist.


8 posted on 04/18/2013 9:09:13 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Lucky! I've seen that B-29 a couple times on static display, but have never gotten to crawl around in it.

Mounting a atomic bombing reenactment does seem in questionable taste I think.

There's a long list of reenactments I don't want to see: Bataan death march, firebombing of Dresden, battle of Shiloh, etc.

I love airshows, but recreation of acts of carnage seems incompatible with happy families walking around eating brats and soft-serve.

9 posted on 04/18/2013 9:13:27 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: EEGator

Bikini Atoll


10 posted on 04/18/2013 9:14:11 AM PDT by sunny48
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To: Doogle

She’s just upset because the bombs denied her beloved Soviet Union from taking control of Japan.


11 posted on 04/18/2013 9:14:43 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: sunny48

So you’re saying a dropped A-bomb, correct?


12 posted on 04/18/2013 9:16:06 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: bmwcyle

So you like dwarf tree horticulture? Banzai is the word you are looking for.


13 posted on 04/18/2013 9:16:09 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.g)
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To: sunny48

Castle Bravo, Ivy Mike. Mmmmmmm, mmmmm good.


14 posted on 04/18/2013 9:20:59 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.g)
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To: EEGator

My bad, it wasn’t the first. But my dad’s still my hero:)
It was operation crossroads.
from the web:
It was the first test of a nuclear weapon after the Trinity nuclear test in July 1945, and the first detonation of any nuclear device following the Fat Man detonation on August 9, 1945. Its purpose was to investigate the effect of nuclear weapons on naval ships.

And they did sit around and watch it with no protection. Too bad I don’t know how to send pictures from my phone. Took pics of his pics for my siblings


15 posted on 04/18/2013 9:22:06 AM PDT by sunny48
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To: oxcart

The way to stop this garbage is that the group bringing the B-29 thanks them, and flies instead to another nearby town for an awesome display.

Make sure to publically and repeatedly “thank” the artist and the petition signers for making you aware that you arent welcome there.


16 posted on 04/18/2013 9:23:10 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: sunny48

Your dad should be your hero. :)

There’s a good documentary you can get...narrated by one Captain James T. Kirk.

http://www.amazon.com/Trinity-Beyond-Atomic-Movie-Blu-ray/dp/B002VCPFGY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366302316&sr=8-1&keywords=trinity+and+beyond


17 posted on 04/18/2013 9:25:35 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: oxcart

My dad was an intelligence officer with the 509th Composite Bomb Group and participated in the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and was devastated over the necessity to drop the bombs. He later participated in the 1946 Bikini tests. He would be happy that there are no reinactments


18 posted on 04/18/2013 9:51:25 AM PDT by jesseam (eliev)
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To: EEGator

Here it is in action. AWESOME
http://www.angelfire.com/planet/nuclearflower/baker.htm


19 posted on 04/18/2013 10:00:02 AM PDT by sunny48
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To: EEGator

If anyone has a Netflix streaming account it’s available too. Just watched this a few days ago. Very good documentary.


20 posted on 04/18/2013 10:03:07 AM PDT by Wiggins
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To: oxcart

I don’t know about this glamorization of destruction business, but the idea of a “great wall of fire” reenactment of about 100,000 people being killed seems to be in poor taste.


21 posted on 04/18/2013 10:13:58 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: EEGator

An excellent movie and I highly recommend it. The films of the explosions had been reworked to bring out all the color from the original film faded with age.


22 posted on 04/18/2013 10:17:10 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: sunny48

In the ground-level view, right after the cloud lifts, there is a large dark spot briefly visible on the right side of the mushroom stem...that’s a ship flying though the air.


23 posted on 04/18/2013 10:20:23 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Cyber Liberty

He saw a ship lifted right out of the water. Pointed it out on a map he has of the test ships.
I’ll try to find out the name of it.


24 posted on 04/18/2013 10:33:52 AM PDT by sunny48
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To: oxcart; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

"It blowed up REAL GOOD!"

25 posted on 04/18/2013 11:19:36 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: oxcart; Revolting cat!
Gabriela Pickett started an online petition to object to the "glamorization of destruction," and said it didn't reflect Dayton's image as a city of peace. Dozens of people around the country signed it.

DOZENS across the country signed it, you say?!!


26 posted on 04/18/2013 11:21:15 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: oxcart
Any Stan Freeberg fans out there?

Live, on stage, for one time only...the Hydrogen Bomb!

27 posted on 04/18/2013 11:51:34 AM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: sunny48

The power of that explosion is amazing to see. Just look at the size compared to the ships.


28 posted on 04/18/2013 11:52:19 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Cyber Liberty; Wiggins

I’ve got the Blu-Ray. We watched the documentary in one of my tech schools in the USAF.


29 posted on 04/18/2013 11:53:59 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator

When you get a chance, listen to the secondary audio. There are a lot of director’s comments you might find interesting.


30 posted on 04/18/2013 12:05:44 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Thanks, will do.


31 posted on 04/18/2013 12:08:29 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: oxcart

Well hell, FiFi isn’t dropping a real atomic bomb.

She’s not dropping anything...it’s buried pyrotechnics...like a movie.

But, we can’t “offend” anybody...so... Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima never happened.


32 posted on 04/18/2013 2:32:41 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: oxcart

There was a time, in the not so distant past, that the then Confederate, now Commemorative Air Force, would have told the busybodies to pound sand.

In fact they were famous for telling them to mind their own business, that the air show was historically accurate, and the A-Bomb demo was instructive.

I have seen the Miss FiFi A-Bomb demonstration several times, and was always very impressed with the manner of presentation, not to mention the nifty mushroom cloud!

As Rush said today, in reference to another issue, there is a point where “NO!” is the only answer.

Air Show organizers should have said “NO!” And dropped their bomb!


33 posted on 04/18/2013 7:32:22 PM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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