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The B-52 Stratofortress is one of the single most devastating weapons in military history. That statement isn't open for dispute when the weapon in question has been in service for over 60 years. It can carry 70,000 pounds in ordinance, has been involved in nearly every conflict since the Korean War, and is so big and obnoxious that even in 2016, this monstrous antique remains an enduring symbol of American might.

But it's not until you lay out all the ordinance that the Stratofortress, nicknamed the BUFF – big ugly fat fellow (that last word is often swapped out for something more... obscene) – that you can begin to understand just how terrible a weapon the B-52 really is. 70,000 pounds of ordinance is a ridiculous amount of firepower, but this video from the Smithsonian Channel breaks it down.

The B-52 can carry up to 18 bombs, missiles, or mines under its huge, sweeping wings, while its bomb bay can accommodate 27 bombs or nine nuclear-tipped cruise missiles. Those cruise missiles, by the way, sit on a revolving launcher that would be awesome if it weren't for the fact it was designed to bring about an atomic-flavored apocalypse.

Check out the entire video from the Smithsonian up top.


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