America’s Biggest Bomb

And the stealth bomber that carries it

America’s Biggest Bomb America’s Biggest Bomb

Uncategorized October 31, 2013 0

America’s Biggest Bomb And the stealth bomber that carries it The B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is the only aircraft in the U.S. Air Force... America’s Biggest Bomb

America’s Biggest Bomb

And the stealth bomber that carries it

The B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is the only aircraft in the U.S. Air Force currently able to carry and release the heaviest U.S. bomb, the 30,000-pound GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator.

MOP was tested on a B-52, but the older bomber does not carry the massive bunker-busting munition operationally.

The GBU-57 is a 20-foot long, GPS-guided bomb believed to be able to penetrate 200 feet of concrete before exploding, making it the preferred non-nuclear weapon for destroying deeply buried targets.

Like bunkers in Iran, Syria or North Korea.

There are not many images showing the GBU-57 and even fewer showing the MOP next to its intended platform. That’s why the image above, taken by Jim Mumaw in July 2009, is extremely interesting and rare.