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Tinian then and now
"There's more to discovering a destination than following a map!"
It would be a shame as well as a missed opportunity to come all the way across the world, to be so close,
and not set foot on the soil of the island from which the Enola Gay took off on a mission
that changed the world. Experience the stark contrast that
exists between then and now (Tinian airfield was the busiest airfield during the entire war),
and how this remote little piece of rock is fading in people's
memories when it is of such critical significance to human history. You can do a half day 7:30am to 1pm
and be back in time to see more of Saipan.
Here is an amazing 1945 black&white film (discovered via blog.nuclearsecrecy.com) that shows the preparation of the atomic bomb on the same
field you'll be able to visit while on Tinian. Little Boy and Fat Man on Tinian
Runway Able, on Tinian, is the runway from which the Enola Gay took off on its flight to bomb Hiroshima.
Almost 70 years later, that runway is still accessible to the public. Runway Able on Tinian
filmed by tour customer, George M.
Approaching the bomb pits on Tinian
Hidden cannon in a cave on Tinian
Amphibious landing vehicle on Tinian
House of Taga on Tinian
Al and Reginald took the WWII tour on Saipan, then visited Tinian on their own
Al, Reg, Fabian the relic hunter and Walt on Saipan I’ve been to Japan over a half-dozen times over the past decade. Recently, I learned how easy it is to visit Guam via Tokyo’s Narita airport. For this year’s Japan trip, I decided to do just that and visit Saipan and Tinian as well. The overriding reason was to visit the latter two islands as my uncle participated in their invasion by U.S. forces (his unit was the 534th Amphibian Tractor Battalion) during WWII. He lived a long and full life, but like many vets, he did not discuss his service. So, this visit was very personal. I am so happy that I learned of Walt and DiscoverSaipan.com, and with a friend booked Walt’s personalized tour. Although the tour had a WWII site focus, Walt ensured we also visited other sites that helped us also better understand Saipan, its history, and its citizens and their culture. This comprehensive tour let us take many photos, which will be much easier to caption, remember, describe to friends due to Walt’s meticulously timestamped post-tour itinerary. He even sketched an itinerary for our next-day’s visit to Tinian. Walt was open to all questions, and he even now continues to provide us more information and amplification via his post-tour research updates. Having Walt as a tour guide was like having another close friend in the tour group to share the experiences. Walt and Discover Saipan provide an excellent personalized tour of Saipan that my friend and I thoroughly enjoyed and learned much. Because of Walt and his focus on a personalized tour experience, I felt my personal mission was fulfilled and that I made a new friend. I highly recommend Walt and DiscoverSaipan.com!