Contest #518: Atomic Bomb Loading Pits, Tinian, Northern Mariana Islands

The atomic bombs used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were huge compared to other ordinances of the time. For this reason, and for secrecy reasons, the bombs had to be loaded in the airplanes differently. The video below (starting at 2:26) shows the process. First, the bombs were loaded onto special hydraulic lifts in these pits, then the planes were towed over the pits with the bomb bay doors open. Once in place, the hydraulics would lift the bombs into the bay and attach them to the releases.

After the war, the pits were filled for safety. The airfield, which had become the largest airport in the world during the war, fell into disuse and was swallowed up by the jungle. In 2004, for the 60th anniversary of the battles of Saipan and Tinian, the bomb pits were reopened and covered by glass and steel covers with displays and plaques.

No. 1 Atomic Bomb loading pit, North Field (Tinian), 27 August 2008

Those who found this one before the hint:

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  • Garfield
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and after the hint:

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  • Andy McConnell
  • Jeather
  • Phil Ower
  • Steve Hoge
  • Blaze
  • David Kozina