Bockscar was the name of the B-29 bomber that dropped the second, and final atomic bomb of WWII, “Fat Man”, on Nagasaki, August 9, 1945. This, coupled with the bombing of Hiroshima, led to Japan’s unconditional surrender and an end to all fighting of the war. Named after WWII pilot Captain Frederick C. Bock, Bockscar was one of 15 silverplate B-29s designed for carrying heavy loads of armaments over long distances. B-29s typically contained 10 .50-cal machine guns, one 20mm cannon, and approximately 20,000 lbs in bombs. With max speeds of 357 mph, Bockscar had a 3700 mile range, and was utilized in carrying bombs overseas to Japan. Bockscar’s last flight was in 1961 to the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, where it is preserved and on display.
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