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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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My dad was on the fall river to witness the first A bomb test.
Was looking at his pictures just yesterday.
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.
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.
Gabriela Pickett world renown peacenik and socialist.
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.
She’s just upset because the bombs denied her beloved Soviet Union from taking control of Japan.
So you’re saying a dropped A-bomb, correct?
So you like dwarf tree horticulture? Banzai is the word you are looking for.
Castle Bravo, Ivy Mike. Mmmmmmm, mmmmm good.
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
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.
Your dad should be your hero. :)
There’s a good documentary you can get...narrated by one Captain James T. Kirk.
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
Here it is in action. AWESOME
If anyone has a Netflix streaming account it’s available too. Just watched this a few days ago. Very good documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"It blowed up REAL GOOD!"
DOZENS across the country signed it, you say?!!
Live, on stage, for one time only...the Hydrogen Bomb!
The power of that explosion is amazing to see. Just look at the size compared to the ships.
I’ve got the Blu-Ray. We watched the documentary in one of my tech schools in the USAF.
When you get a chance, listen to the secondary audio. There are a lot of director’s comments you might find interesting.
Thanks, will do.
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.
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!