10,000 pound bomb dropped on the jungle during the Vietnam War.
Above Photo: 10,000 lb Bomb devastates the jungle on impact (vhpaphoto.org)
I recently wrote about Daisy Cutters being dropped during the Vietnam War here: http://peteralanlloyd.com/the-vietnam-war/the-explosive-power-of-a-daisy-cutter/
And I then came across this remarkable series of photos of a 10,000 lb M-121 bomb being dropped on the jungle during the same conflict.
The bomb weighed 10,000 pounds of which over 8,000 pounds was made up of a TNT mix.
These bombs were dropped to clear helicopter landing zones in the jungle, but the US Command in the war wasn’t satisfied with the 60 metre jungle clearance of the M-121 and wanted a bomb that would clear sufficient space for five helicopters to land simultaneously.
It was therefore replaced by the 15,000 lb Daisy Cutter, which devastated the jungle to create an 80 metre landing zone.
It is not known how many 15,000 and 10,000 pound bombs failed to go off, and still lie in the jungle.
Our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil. Set in the jungles of Laos and Vietnam, the film deals with the possible fate of US servicemen left behind after the US pulled out of the Vietnam War.
See the trailer for our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil.
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