Bombs Away


witz.org reader Steve Mumford forwarded on to us this clip, supposedly shot from a fighter plane in Fallujah, Iraq around June 2004. The forwarded email had originated from an military email address, and the original sender had this to say:

“This is an F16 doing CAS during the recent fighting in Fallujah. As you know we have been bombing insurgent “safe houses” with some success recently. This F16 was on such a mission, to hit a house with an LGB, when 30+ insurgents left the building en masse to hurry to a nearby engagement with US Marines which had been going on for hours. The pilot communicates with an FAC either in the air or on the ground, and changes the flight path of the bomb while it is in the air. You can clearly see the “L” flashing in the MFD, and “TGP” is selected.

I’m assuming that the bomb itself is probably a 500 pounder, as Mk84s would be overkill in an urban setting where the ROE calls for minimal “collateral damage”. The clip has sound.”