Sunday, March 16, 2003
So I finally got to see what a MOAB (Massive Ordinance Air Blast) looks like, thanks to a recent photo at Yahoo*:
The military has nicknamed it "The Mother Of All Bombs," since it is not only the largest bomb they make, but it is the largest non-nuclear yeild explosion (at least I'm pretty sure it's a non-nuclear explosion), also.
Of course, I was shocked and delighted at the designer's choice of orange as the bomb color, but I noticed an "X" on the wings of the bomb, and couldn't help noticing that it looked a lot like the X-1 Chuck Yeager used to be the first man to break the sound barrier (see also: The Right Stuff).
Did the designers of the MOAB intentionally paint the bomb orange and throw an "X" on it because it looked like the X-1? Or is this just pure strange coincidence?
*Link via the always funny Defective Yeti