Moab is an ancient name for a region of Biblical Palestine located east of the Dead Sea and south of the Arnon River. It's also the nickname of America's new GBU-43B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, also known as the "Mother of All Bombs.

An Air Force cargo plane dropped the most powerful conventional bomb in the U.S. arsenal onto a Florida test range on Friday, producing a fiery blast and huge cloud in the last developmental step for a nearly 11-tonbehemoth dubbed the "mother of all bombs."

An MC-130 Combat Talon dropped the 21,700-pound satellite-guided GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, or MOAB, onto a test range at Eglin Air Force Base in northwestern Florida, said Jake Swinson, a spokesman for the Air Armament Center at the base.

"It looked like a big mushroom cloud filled with flames as it grew and grew and grew," Swinson said after the afternoon test. "It was one of the most awesome spectacles I've seen." The MOAB, the most powerful nonnuclear U.S. bomb, carries 18,700 pounds of high explosives, detonating just above the ground when the tip of the 30-foot-long bomb hits the earth, Swinson said.

I wonder if modern-day Syria Jordan is taking notice? (Update: it was better when I thought Moab was in Syria, oh well.)

Images taken from, which has some excellent maps of Levant.



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