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Tallboy Solution

Israel 'will resume bombing' of Gaza if Hamas reopens tunnels - Telegraph

I think I have the very thing for them, and note it was produced by private enterprise...

The Tallboy was an earth quake bomb developed by Barnes Wallis and brought into operation by the British in 1944

The actual design and production of Tallboy was done without a contract on the initiative of a single official within the Ministry. As such the RAF were using bombs they had not bought and which were actually still the property of the manufacturers; Vickers. This situation was regularized once their capabilities were recognised.

When dropped from 20,000 ft (6,100 m) it made a crater 80 feet deep (24 m) and 100 feet (30 m) across and could go through 16 feet (5 m) of concrete. It was capable of displacing a million cubic feet (29,000 m³) of earth and made a crater which it would have taken 5,000 tons of earth to fill. It was ballistically perfect and in consequence had a very high terminal velocity, variously estimated at 3,600 and 3,700 feet (1,100 m) per second (1,100–1,130 m/s or about 2,500 mph / 4,000 km/h), which was, of course, a good deal faster than sound so that the noise of its fall would be heard after that of the explosion.

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I had the same idea.
Probably collapse several tunnels at once,way beyond the crater area.

Definitely has some retro charm; surely something either thermo or hyperbaric would be more cost effective and efficient given the raw materials in theatre?

I thought the IDF had been using more modern versions of those already. Only problem is that they do not worry about there being houses or blocks of flats full of innocent civilians above the tunnels.

we are being told we must export our way out of trouble...a perfect opportunity perhaps?

Call that a bomb? These are bombs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T12 or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massive_Ordnance_Penetrator. The T12 was developed by the Americans from Barnes Wallis' 22,000lb Grand Slam which he developed from his Tallboy. Funny how we gave the Americans all the big ideas (centimetric radar, jet engines, proximity fuses, atomic bomb technology).

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