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Enola Gay to go on display

An exhibit featuring the Enola Gay is about to open at the U.S. Air and Space Museum.

The most famous plane from the Second World War is about to go on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

The Enola Gay is the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on Aug. 6, 1945.

The bomb killed more than 140,000 people and left tens of thousands suffering from lingering radiation illness.

The Enola Gay was then used as the advance weather reconnaissance aircraft for the follow-up attack on Nagasaki that killed 70,000 people.

Six days later, Japan surrendered.

Nearly a decade ago, an exhibit in Washington about the atomic bomb and the Enola Gay was met with a storm of protest.

The pilot, retired Gen. Paul Tibbets, says he is happy and proud that the restored plane will finally be put on display.

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