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Eglin AFB in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

GBU-43/B MOAB

 
 
GBU-43/B MOAB Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 26, 2017
1. GBU-43/B MOAB Marker
Inscription.
The GBU-43/B MOAB (Massive Ordnance Air Blast) bomb, nicknamed "Mother of All Bombs" is a large, powerful and accurately delivered high explosive weapon. the MOAB is the largest-ever satellite-guided, air-delivered weapon in history. The 21,600 lb MOAB is an improved replacement for the unguided 15,000 lb BLU-82 Daisy Cutter used in Vietnam and Afghanistan.

MOAB is a guided bomb which delivers 18,700 lb of H6 plosive using a BLU-120/B warhead. It uses the KMU-593/B GPS/INS guidance system and is stabilized by series of fixed wings and grid (lattice) fins. The unique lattice fins offer excellent aerodynamic properties.

The MOAB was developed, tested, and fielded by the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate, Air Armament Center, the 46th Operations Group, Detachment 1 in concert other agencies and contractors. Within in ten months, the MOAB program went from development contract award to delivery into the Operational Theater.

26 February 2003 — First flight of inert weapon
07 March 2003 — Guided flight test of inert weapon displays capability of the massive "smart" bomb

11 March 2003 — Live flight test of the MOAB
11 April 2003 — Delivery of first MOAB into operational Theater

Specifications
Manufacturer   Air Force Research Laboratory/Dynetics,
GBU-43/B MOAB Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 26, 2017
2. GBU-43/B MOAB Marker
Inc.
Length   30 ft
Width   5 ft with fins retracted 10 ft with fins extended
Diameter   40.5 in
Weight   21,600 lbs
Range   Guided 3 nautical miles through a GPS system
Launch Platform   MC-130 Talon II or "Slick" C-130 Aircraft
Armament  18,700 lbs of H6 Composition (1.35 times more powerful than TNT)

This bomb is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force
 
Location. 30° 27.959′ N, 86° 33.665′ W. Marker is in Eglin AFB, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker is at the intersection of Pinchot Road (State Road 189) and Museum Drive, on the right when traveling south on Pinchot Road. Touch for map. Located at the Air Force Armament Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Museum Drive, Eglin AFB FL 32542, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Combat Wounded Veterans (a few steps from this marker); O-2 Skymaster (a few steps from this marker); F-4 Phantom II (a few steps from this marker); Mac Baker (within shouting distance of this marker); MIG-21 Fishbed (within shouting distance of this marker); B-47 Stratojet (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Aerospace Site (within shouting distance of this marker); CGM-13 Mace Missile (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eglin AFB.
 
Also see . . .
1. Air Force Armament Museum. (Submitted on April 11, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast on Wikipedia. (Submitted on April 11, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Military
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 11, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 216 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 11, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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