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MK82 Air Inflatable Retarder Bomb

DAYTON, Ohio - The MK82 AIR bomb on display in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - The MK82 AIR bomb on display in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)


The MK82 AIR is a 500-pound bomb modified with a BSU-49 high drag tail assembly. The "ballute" air bag, which deploys from the tail, provides a high speed, low altitude delivery capability by quickly slowing the bomb and allowing the aircraft to escape the blast pattern. The pilot may select either a high drag of low drag configuration depending on mission requirements. This weapon saw widespread use in Operation Desert Storm.

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