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Earth Ear

Air Date: Week of April 6, 2012

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The desert winds blow through the old rusted hangar in Utah where the Enola Gay, the airplane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, was once housed.

Transcript

[SOUND OF DESERT WINDS: Scott Smallwood “Rusted Womb Of Bomber” from Desert Winds: Six Windblown Sound Pieces and Other Works (Deep Listening 2002)]

GELLERMAN: We leave you this week in a rusting relic from World War 2.

[SOUND OF DESERT WIND THROUGH OLD HANGER]

GELLERMAN: Winds howl through a hangar at Wendover Air Field in Utah’s Great Salt Lake Desert. The windows are smashed, the walls rusted. Once the hangar was home to the Enola Gay, the B-29 bomber that dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan. And, by the way, the Enola Gay hangar is now being restored, thanks to a Save America’s Treasures grant from the National Park Service.

[SOUND OF DESERT WIND THROUGH OLD HANGAR: ]

GELLERMAN: Scott Smallwood recorded sounds of these fading memories for his CD Desert Winds.

 

 

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