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Pilot who dropped the first atomic bomb. Colonel Paul Tibbets standing by his B-29 Superfortress bomber Enola Gay at Tinian Field in the Marianas Islands. Tibbets piloted this aircraft on 6 August 1945 to drop the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The bomb detonated at 8.16 am local time at an altitude of 565 metres. The explosive energy was equivalent to 12.5 kilotons (12,500 tons) of TNT. Over 155,000 people died as a result; this figure includes radiation-related deaths within one year.
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