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T12 Demolition Bomb

Twice the size of the 22,000-pound M110, the 42,000 pound T12 demolition bomb was designed to create an earthquake effect by penetrating deep into the earth before exploding and thus causing the ground to heave up under the target. The bomb case consisted of 6 separate sections welded together. The nose sections were extremely thick to permit deep penetration without deformation. The 4 tail fins are canted so as to impart a stabilizing spin to the bomb's trajectory. Only one plane in the US arsenal, the huge B-36 "Peacemaker," could carry the weapon, and even then only after special modification to its bomb bay allowing it to fit 2 of these huge weapons.

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