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Old 14th April 2017, 15:41
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Not the largest bomb!

Our US press is raving and ranting about the MOAB dropped it seemed they never checked (what a surprise!) for the RAF Grand Slam in WWII. It was the same size --11 tons and was nicknamed the earthquake bomb. It was dropped by RAF 617 squadron and knocked down road viaducts and even a canal.
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Old 14th April 2017, 16:24
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Re: Not the largest bomb!

John,

It appears that Russia has a bomb ("Father of All Bombs") that outweighs the MOAB in size and destructive power multiple times...

On a brighter note, a Happy Easter to all of you.

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Re: Not the largest bomb!

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It appears that Russia has a bomb ("Father of All Bombs") that outweighs the MOAB in size and destructive power multiple times...
All they need now is a plane that can carry it!
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Old 14th April 2017, 22:34
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It's hidden under tons of sand somewhere in Iraq

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Old 15th April 2017, 12:14
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Took the words out of my mouth........
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Old 15th April 2017, 14:28
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Re: Not the largest bomb!

I believe it's being referred to (by some sources at least) as the largest US non-nuclear bomb.
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Old 16th April 2017, 17:34
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Re: Not the largest bomb!

It's not even the largest conventional bomb the US has made. In the 1950s they had the 43,000lb T-12 that was designed to fit into a B-36 and worked on the same lines as a Grand Slam

For the press everything that is new is the biggest and best. They have the collective memory of a gnat

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Re: Not the largest bomb!

You are right about the Press, Martin.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-12_Cloudmaker


Not my first choice as a source, but in this case, close enough.




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Old 5th May 2017, 19:35
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Re: Not the largest bomb!

Hello,

the real name of the "Mother of all bombs" is "Massive Ordnance Penetrator" and it's the largest ever manifactured of its kind... It's the biggest "bunker buster" bomb ever...

The others... Father of..., Brother of..., Sister of..., Cousin of, etc. etc. ... aren't bunker busters... They have for sure other devasting effect but not the one needed to penetrate and destroy a cave complex in Afghanistan or an iranian underground nuclear facility.

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