What was the name of the plane that was Enola Gay’s backup?

5/24/2012 • Ask Mr. History

What was the name of the back up B-29 that flew to Iwo Jima  and remained on standby during the Hiroshima mission in the event that the Enola Gay had to abort and transfer Little Boy for completion of the atomic bomb mission.

Joe Papalia


Dear Mr. Papalia:

The backup B-29 was Top Secret, piloted by Captain Charles Knight. That information is not exactly "Top Secret," and can be found in any book or website devoted to the bombing of Hiroshima.



Jon Guttman
Research Director
World History Group
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