In August 1945, General Twining was put in command of the 20th Air Force in the Pacific, which bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945.
NATHAN FARRAGUT TWINING (1897-1982) TYPED LETTER SIGNED TO AVIATION PIONEER ROSCOE TURNER REGARDING THE AMERICAN LEGIONS INTEREST IN VARIOUS AIR FORCE WEAPONS PROGRAMS, “Nate Twining”, one page, 8.5 x 11, 11 March 1963, Washington, D.C. In part: “…the Skybolt action has been completed and …I personally feel cancellation of this project was a mistake…This weapon system would have made a great contribution to our defenses in the years ahead...With regards to the RS-70 program [a recon/strike RS-70, making it a reconnaissance aircraft with a bomber strike capability], I feel the action taken by the Vinson Committee of the House of Representatives was a good one at this time…I have underlined pertinent points in the attached report from the Committee on Armed Services regarding the RS-70 program...." Nate Twining was a United States Air Force General who was in command of the 20th Air Force when Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed. He was Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force from 1953 until 1957, and appointed by President Eisenhower as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1957 to 1960. He was the first member of the Air Force to serve as Chairman. Also included is the original mailing envelope and a copy of the 48 page, House of Representatives, Union Calendar No. 23, “Authorizing Appropriations For Aircraft, Missiles, And Naval Vessels”, which reports on the RS-70 program. All three items are in fine condition with one mailing fold line on the letter, some ink notations on the envelope and General Twining’s highlights on the report.