In the movie "Outbreak" With Dustin Hoffman....

Mark Leiter

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Was the "big bomb" shown in the beggining and ending based on fact? If so how close to the real thing does the movie come to?
 

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What do you mean by the real thing? Are you wondering if bombs like that exsist or are you wondering if there are viruses that are like the one in the movie?
Jeff
 

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The "big bomb" was supposed to be a fuel-air bomb, and from what I have heard, they do exist and they are rather powerful. That's all I know about them, sorry.
 

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If you’re asking about the existence & capability of fuel-air explosives it is accurate. Fuel-air explosives can be made about as powerful as tactical nuclear weapons but without the radiation or political stigma.
There are numerous articles on fuel-air explosives on the Internet. Here’s one of them:
Fuel-Air Explosives
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No, Napalm is not the same as a Fuel Air Explosive.
Napalm is basically jellied gasoline.
A FAE bursts is mid air and sprays atomized fuel over a given area. It is then ignited. Resulting explosion is many time more powerfull then traditional explosives because
the oxygen required for combustion is obtained from the air and not carried in bomb. Tremendous heat and blast damage.
Hope a few of these are headed where they are needed most now !!
 

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Hope a few of these are headed where they are needed most now !!
Without trying to be political, let's remember that the goal of the current missions is to hit selected Taliban and terrorist targets that have been identified by intelligence. Caution is being exercised as best as possible to avoid civilian casualties. I don't think using a fuel-air bomb on Kabul, Kandahar, etc. would be as selective as we would like, although I could be wrong.
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Mark Leiter

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Thanks for the link. I was wondering about their existence. When I heard report about the military using those old “bunker busters” from the gulf war started thinking about what one or two of these might do to hasten things along a little.
Not against civilians, but from the looks of things we’re going to be moving on the ground before long and as far as I’m concerned, if you got two fists, why hit with just one?
Just like Teddy used to say; "Step lightly and carry a big(WACK) stick(WACK-WACK)."
 

Jay Taylor

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Caution is being exercised as best as possible to avoid civilian casualties. I don't think using a fuel-air bomb on Kabul, Kandahar, etc. would be as selective as we would like, although I could be wrong.
I agree. This is not a weapon for downtown Kabul. However they do make smaller 500 lb. versions of this weapon that may be needed in other areas.
Parts of Afghanistan contain some of the heaviest concentrations of land mines in the world. Fuel-air explosives may be one of the best things to clear a mine field without getting anyone killed.
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Of course they should not be used on civilian populations.
As was said, they would be helpful in clearing mines and
if used on any tunnel complexes al Qaeda and bin Laden use, it
would make folks think twice on hiding in tunnels.
 

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