We Have Found Ultra Rare Footage Showing A B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber Dropping A 30,000-Pound Bunker Buster Bomb

This Is Probably The First Clip Showing The B-2 As It Drops The GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator.

The B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is the only aircraft in the U.S. Air Force inventory currently capable to operationally drop the massive 30,000-lb (14,000 kg) GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator (even though the testing of the MOP involved a B-52 back in 2009, the weapon’s intended platform is only the B-2).

The 14-ton GBU-57 is a 20-foot long GPS-guided bomb said to be able to penetrate 200 feet of concrete before exploding: for this reason it is considered the weapon of choice in case of attack on buried targets (such as the North Korean bunkers).

Whilst there are just a few images showing the GBU-57 carried by or next to a B-2 (we published one of these in 2013, here) you will hardly find any video of the B-2 dropping one of the two MOPs the stealth bomber can carry in its internal bomb bay.

However, we have spotted a clip of a MOP released from the B-2’s bomb bay in a recently published video from the 393rd Bomb Squadron, one of the units that operate the Spirit stealth bomber as part of the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base Missouri.

The impressive size of the MOP is pretty evident in the footage (skip towards the end of the video).

The MOP is sometimes mistaken with the 11-ton, parachute deployed, GBU-43B MOAB (Massive Ordnance Air Blast) also known as “Mother Of All Bombs”. The MOAB is the largest conventional air dropped weapon ever employed by the U.S. military: a U.S. Air Force Special Operations MC-130 Combat Talon II dropped the GBU-43B on an ISIS cave complex target in Afghanistan, for the very first time on Apr. 13, 2017.

 

About David Cenciotti
David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.

7 Comments

  1. Now all we need is a nuclear warhead to replace the MOP’s conventional one. I want this thing to dig deep, explode, and lift the ground for miles in all directions. Lift it, then let it come slamming back to Earth so as to collapse any and every bunker within a 5,10 (or more) mile radius. Won’t matter how thick the walls and ceiling are if it’s picked up like a chicken and slammed back down to terra firma.

    PS. My apologies to chickens for comparing them to Kim and his bunch of ruthless murders. Cluckers deserve much more respect than those Nork animals. Perhaps I should have used posters “Asslicker74” or “Holtztransister”. “Tommy Rodriguez”? You decide! : )

    • You could fit the guts of a B41 Y1 (25 Mt) in there. If they were still around. And if we still knew how to.

    • Still trying to insult people and also to be funny at the same time? You better leave that to people who know what they are doing.

  2. I knew someone who piloted B-29s out of Tinian during the last days of WWII. I asked him if he knew that this atomic-bomb squadron was doing something special. He said, yes, that every time one of its planes landed the plane was surrounded by husky guys armed with with submachine guns. Here is footage of the island, the squadron and the “Fat Man” bomb.

    http://www.atomicheritage.org/location/tinian-island

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