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B61 gravity bomb casing on display at March Field Air Museum.

Photo by James Ulvog at March Field Air Museum.

March Field Air Museum has the casing of a B61 gravity nuclear bomb. Here are a few photos of the weapon along with a description.

Photo by James Ulvog at March Field Air Museum.

Placard says:

B61 Thermo-nuclear bomb

weight: 695-716 lbs

Length: (including fins) 11 ft 9.5 in.

Number in service:  600 (tactical) 750 (strategic)

Designed for the United States Air Force by the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, the B61 was developed to provide a lightweight nuclear weapon capable of being carried on external mounts by high-performance aircraft.

The B61’s variable yield, from 0.3 to 34 kilotons permits the weapon to be adjusted for use against smaller area tactical battlefield targets or larger strategic counter-force (opposing military or industrial) and counter-value (population or political targets.

 

Photo by James Ulvog at March Field Air Museum.

 

Photo by James Ulvog at March Field Air Museum.

 

Photo by James Ulvog at March Field Air Museum.

 

Museum also has display model of CBU-87 cluster bomb.

Photo by James Ulvog at March Field Air Museum.

 

Photo by James Ulvog at March Field Air Museum.

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