MOBILE, Ala.(WKRG) — The largest non-nuclear bomb to be used in combat has a Gulf Coast connection. In March of 2013, the GBU-43/b or MOAB, Massive Ordinance Air Burst bomb, was first tested at Eglin Air Force Base.
Also called “The Mother Of All Bombs”, the 11-ton bomb was dropped on Range 70 at Eglin on March 11, 2003, and November 21, 2003. It was a massive display of power, dropped for the world to see around 1PM on a Tuesday afternoon. These are the only know uses of the bomb before today’s first-ever combat deployment.
News 5’s Hayley Minogue is at Elgin and will have a LIVE report on the Gulf Coast connection to this big international story on News 5 at 5.