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He retired from the military in 1966 and became president of Executive Jet Aviation. In 1927, the family moved to Florida, and young Paul was given a ride with a barnstorming pilot promoting Baby Ruth candy bars.
Convinced medicine was not for him, in 1937, Paul Tibbets enlisted as a flying cadet in the U. That same year, he quietly married Lucy Wingate, with whom he would have two sons.
After training at Fort Benning, Tibbets was transferred to Hunter Field in Savannah, Georgia, where he met and befriended George Patton, then a lieutenant colonel.
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Paul Tibbets initially sought a career in medicine, but the memory of a ride in a barnstormer airplane never left him. On August 6, 1945, he piloted the B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing tens of thousands, forcing the surrender of Japan and ending World War II. was born on February 23, 1915, in Quincy, Illinois, the son of Enola Gay (Haggard) and Paul Warfield Tibbets. was raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where his father was a confections wholesaler.