I remember all sorts of foot dragging, excuses of lack of space and even moral BS over displaying the Enola Gay. It's good to see it was finally done right.Before the Enola Gay was cleaned up and put on display, it was stored in the Smithsonian's warehouse & restoration complex in Maryland.
I was taking a tour of the site one day and was surprised to see a B-29 fuselage all covered in dust and grit with the wings lying beside it. I looked up toward the cockpit and there it was..."Enola Gay." THE Enola Gay! I was stopped short for a minute...tugged at the sleeve of the guy I was with...and just pointed. Very powerful to see it...and then to touch it and remember.
(Know as Silver Hill, the old warehouse complex and restoration facility has at least thirty large storage buildings filled with every imaginable air artifact...from gun turrets to whole planes and from every possible county imaginable. Not sure where all that stuff went, I think it was to Dulles Airport. If you ever get a change to tour....it's better than the Air and Space Museum.
Here's the website about Silver Hill: http://airandspace.si.edu/garber/
Here's how to visit the new restoration center in Chantilly, VA: