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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Waxing the bad guys of Fallujah 

A buddy of mine is a retired B-52 navigator, and still has friends in the military. He sent me this aerial video showing the delivery and impact of two 500-pound laser-guided bombs on a cluster of insurgents in Fallujah a couple of weeks ago. My friend described the details in the screen as follows:
Close air support in Fallujah at its best. Some Marines were pinned down in a building in a Fallujah neighborhood. Terrorists throughout the city heard about it and were rushing to the area to try and take the Marines out.

The Marines called in air support and the first responders were Air Force F-16's. This video shows a group of guerrillas rounding a corner onto the street leading to the Marines. The F-16's altitude appears in the upper right corner. In the lower right corner is the countdown until the bombs impact. The cross-hairs in the middle indicate where the pilot is directing the laser spot to guide the bombs. The number just to the right of the crosshairs is the length of one of the arms of the crosshairs on the ground in meters.

The bombs are two 500lb laser-guided.

Awesome.

UPDATE: A commenter who has seen the video elsewhere reports that it actually dates from some time ago, before the fighting in Fallujah:
The missile strike occurred some time ago as insurgents were leaving a clandestine meeting in a mosque after midnight. This is low light level imagery captured with CCD technology. You can tell from the night/reflective characteristics of the imagery, and from the CCD code on the display.

17 Comments:

By Blogger JEGjr, at Wed Dec 01, 07:45:00 PM:

Hey thanks for posting this. I've emailed lots of "friendlies" to view it.  

By Blogger American Daughter, at Thu Dec 02, 02:28:00 AM:

This video is not from a couple of weeks ago. Your friend has the story wrong. We got this from contacts in intel who knew the pilot Jeff ----, and posted it at American Daughter on Sept. 19.
http://americandaughter.blogspot.com/2004/09/tactical-missile-attack.html. I took that link to the video down, as hundreds of hotlinks were stealing our bandwidth, but we still carry the video and the correct story at http://www.americandaughter.com on the "Webcast" page.
The missile strike occurred some time ago as insurgents were leaving a clandestine meeting in a mosque after midnight. This is low light level imagery captured with CCD technology. You can tell from the night/reflective characteristics of the imagery, and from the CCD code on the display.  

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Thu Dec 02, 06:42:00 AM:

Thank you very much -- I posted an update linking to your comment.

The distributed fact-checking power of the blogosphere strikes again!  

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