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Wendover Enola Gay hangar being restored

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  • Flying Finn Murray, UT
    May 23, 2011 11:59 a.m.

    @Rifleman

    Your liberal friends are good at dishing it out but they just don't have any sense of humor when they get it back. The Japanese surrender of the deck of the USS Missouri isn't in today's book of police action plays.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 23, 2011 10:08 a.m.

    Re: LDS Liberal | 7:45 a.m. May 23, 2011

    When 'rnoble' put the liberal spin on our victory over Japan and said "we should feel chagrin and try to move past it--" it only seemed appropriate to remind him that the lives of thousands of American (and Japanese) solders were saved because of our use of the atom bomb.

    Back in the day of the Enola Gay before the word "Gay" was hijacked it meant merry and happy. Today the word is associated with is associated with depression as evidenced by the fact that lesbian, gay and bisexual teens are five times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 23, 2011 7:45 a.m.

    Rifleman | 11:52 a.m. May 22, 2011
    Salt Lake City, Utah

    ================

    Since you had to drag politics into it....

    1. Why aren't Conservatives complaining about taxes and this not being a specific Constitutional requirement.

    2. I also thought Conservatives didn't support anything "Gay" -- (a pun on the name of the plane).

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 22, 2011 11:52 a.m.

    I'm always amazed when I hear of Americans who want to apologize for our victory in the Pacific in WWII.

    There are those who think war is a game ..... where neither side is a winner or a loser.

    Probably best defines the difference between liberal and conservative thinking.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 22, 2011 9:32 a.m.

    The majority of Americans don't feel the need to be chagrined that the lives of thousands of American and Japanese solders were saved by forcing their leaders to surrender. There are consequences associated with starting a war .... and Japan paid the full price.

    And American has moved on. We helped Japan rebuild after the war and are a principle trading partner today.

    Preserving the Enola Gay hanger is very appropriate.

  • rnoble Pendleton, OR
    May 22, 2011 1:41 a.m.

    winning the war that we did not start is not the point---i recognize it was deemed right at the time---

    the point is we do not need to memorialize it any more than we already do---lets move on---

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 21, 2011 9:27 p.m.

    Re: rnoble | 12:37 p.m. May 21, 2011

    The heroes of WWII remembered the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, and they released Japan was prepared to dig in and fight to the last man.

    The atomic bombs were dropped saved the live of thousands of American soldiers. Real Americans don't feel chagrin for winning a war they didn't start.

  • rnoble Pendleton, OR
    May 21, 2011 12:37 p.m.

    i find the continual return to a horrific event distasteful---hiroshima seemed necessary at the time but we really do not need to preserve in perpetuity every step along the way---we should feel chagrin and try to move past it---preserving another hanger in the name of honoring a specific part of world war 2 just denigrates all the other parts that receive no such honor but were just as necessary at the time---

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    May 21, 2011 11:59 a.m.

    "That's not a big surprise because for nearly 60 years, the hangar was neglected, its walls rusting and windows broken."

    Maybe because it's only one of several bases that the Enola Gay crew trained at?

    How come the people that want money for this dead pile of wood, never mention that the crew was only there FOR 13 DAYS? There are no Utah roots to that plane. It was merely one stop out of several.

    The aircraft itself has been restored and is on display at the National Air and Science Museum (part of the Smithsonian) in Virginia.

    Let's let the rotting wood rot. We can't be spending money over and over on something that's not that important. Really.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    May 21, 2011 11:52 a.m.

    Too bad they can no longer teach about this in Tennessee.