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VB-13 TARZON BOMB

Posted 2/11/2011 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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VB-13 Tarzon Guided Bomb
DAYTON, Ohio -- VB-13 Tarzon Guided Bomb on display in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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First developed in 1946, the enormous VB-13 Tarzon offered much greater destructive power than the VB-3 Razon on which it was based. The Tarzon was essentially a British 12,000-pound "Tall Boy" bomb fitted with a forward shroud to provide lift, with flight control surfaces in the tail. The name came from a combination of Tall Boy and Razon.

The first Tarzon attack in Korea took place in December 1950, and by the end of January, 19th Bomb Group B-29s had cut spans out of four bridges. Tarzons remained in short supply, however, and after a B-29 was believed lost attempting to jettison one, the Air Force canceled the Tarzon in August 1951.

Of the 30 Tarzons dropped in Korea, 11 hit their targets, destroying six bridges and damaging another.

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