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DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 08:45 AM
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Cam Ranh ammo dump "Big Blow" of August 25, 1971 (shock wave PICS)
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The shock waves from the USAF 15,000-pound BLU-82 bombs could knock you down a half a mile a way. The first of the many BLU-82 shock waves knocked me flat on my back as I sat crossed-legged on top of our bunker watching the "fireworks" from our location (Naval Air Facility - NAF), across the CRB runway complex from the ammo dump.


Cam Ranh Bay AFB, 1971 .. twenty seven (or so) of these "Daisy Cutter" BLU-82 15,000 pound bombs exploded between about 2 am (when the VC sappers hit the ammo dump) and 10 am. Notice the shock waves below the mushroom. Some of the Daisy Cutters detonated simultaneously. We thought for over an hour that it was small tactical nukes cooking off.


The BLU-82 inferno at Cam Ranh


Shock wave of a BLU-82. Versions of the BLU-82 were used in Viet Nam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Reportedly, it has been "retired" (did the bomb get a gold watch? a pension?). Was it replaced by a Tac-Nuke?

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Soylent Brice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-28-09 09:50 AM
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1. that is nutzoid!
thanks for the pics!
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