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Weird Nebraska The B-29s that dropped the atomic bombs on Japan were built in Nebraska? 

In February 1941 the Glenn L. Martin Company and the U.S. government began plans for an aircraft assembly plant at Fort Crook, Nebraska. At its peak in November 1943, the Martin Bomber Plant employed 14, 527 persons. In two years, 1, 585 B-26 Martin Marauders rolled off the Omaha assembly line. By the summer of 1943 the plant began production of a new four-engine bomber-the Boeing B-29 Superfortress. More than five hundred were produced, including the Enola Gay and Bockscar, which dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Photo of Enola Gay at plant,
Source: Nebraska State Historical Society RG3713-2-17

"Martin Star" magazines from 1943 & 1945,
Source: Nebraska State Historical Society Permanent Collection11055-1311, 1313



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