Famous figures from Quincy
He was the only pilot to observe from the cockpit both nuclear blasts that destroyed the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and led to the end of World War II.
Sweeney grew up in Quincy as the son of a plumber. He thought about becoming a businessman but developed a passion for flying at a local airfield.
As for the movie "Pearl Harbor," starring Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett, Sweeney said that he was "no judge" of its artistic merits but that he was glad to see the public reminded of a fading piece of history.