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'Doomsday Plane' Would Save President and Joint Chiefs in Apocalypse Scenario
ABC News ^ | June 7, 2011 | MICHAEL MURRAY

Posted on 06/12/2011 8:46:37 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

'Doomsday Plane' Would Save President and Joint Chiefs in Apocalypse Scenario

By MICHAEL MURRAY

June 7, 2011

In the event of nuclear war, a powerful meteor strike or even a zombie apocalypse, the thoroughly protected doomsday plane is ready to keep the president, secretary of defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff and other key personnel in the air and out of danger. It may not deflect a Twitter photo scandal, but it can outrun a nuclear explosion and stay in the air for days without refueling.

The flight team for the E-4B, its military codename, sleeps nearby and is ready to scramble in five minutes. It was mobilized in the tumultuous hours after planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and southern Pennsylvania on 9/11.

"If the command centers that are on the ground in the United States have a failure of some sort, or attack, we immediately get airborne. We're on alert 24/7, 365," Captain W. Scott "Easy" Ryder, Commander, NAOC, told ABC News' Diane Sawyer as she traveled to Afghanistan with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on the apocalypse-proof plane. "Constantly there's at least one alert airplane waiting to get airborne."

ll E-4B aircraft are assigned to the 55th Wing, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. The modified 747s can travel at speeds up to 620 miles per hour, 40 miles per hour faster than their commercial counterparts.

The $223 million aircraft is outfitted with an electromagnetic pulse shield to protect its 165,000 pounds of advanced electronics. Thermo-radiation shields also protect the plane in the event of a nuclear strike.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; US: Nebraska
KEYWORDS: 747; aerospace; airplane; bhoairforceone; deadworld; doomsday; e4b; lefties; nuclear; plane; pockyclypse; retarded; usaf
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Air Force E-4B National Airborne Operations Center 'Doomsday Plane' (Courtesy of U.S. Air Force)

1 posted on 06/12/2011 8:46:46 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Does it have a golf course?


2 posted on 06/12/2011 8:49:35 PM PDT by DeathBeforeDishonor1
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Yes, it’s comforting to know that should Premier Hussein lead us into a global world war via his utterly feckless and clueless policies, he and his pals will escape the mushroom clouds that engulf and incinerate the rest of us.


3 posted on 06/12/2011 8:50:27 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: sukhoi-30mki

So the proud and lucky occupant can be president of the cinder ball or rubble field that once was America. Gimme a friggin’ break ... we spend way too much time protecting their sorry butts as it is. As the young lady in Belgium recently said, “Who needs a government?” It is vastly overrated.


4 posted on 06/12/2011 8:51:49 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (An election is not a (national) suicide pact.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

I just hope the teleprompter is safe.


5 posted on 06/12/2011 8:52:16 PM PDT by isom35
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To: sukhoi-30mki

If the stuff really hits the fan, I think we can get along without Obama. What ever happened to the captain going down with the ship?


6 posted on 06/12/2011 8:52:45 PM PDT by tickmeister (tickmeister)
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To: Jack Hammer

and that same kenyan klown is most probably the cause of the mushrooms that hit the country..


7 posted on 06/12/2011 8:52:45 PM PDT by max americana (.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Question: how can it stay airborne for days I wonder? Its a modified 747 and they can’t stay up for days.


8 posted on 06/12/2011 8:54:00 PM PDT by garjog
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To: sukhoi-30mki

The plane has been around for years ( maybe not this current version ). I used to listen to its flights on HF. If memory serves, the codename ( callsign ) was Looking Glass.


9 posted on 06/12/2011 8:54:50 PM PDT by TheCipher
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Geez. I wonder what the troops call that ~ The Bugout Bird?


10 posted on 06/12/2011 8:55:07 PM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

But did they account for the weight of Michelle’s fat booty arse?


11 posted on 06/12/2011 8:55:18 PM PDT by DeathBeforeDishonor1
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To: RobinOfKingston

Why exactly do we need a president after the asteroid strike? I don’t get it,,,,

The cult of the presidency as royalty is growing weirder by the day.


12 posted on 06/12/2011 8:57:19 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

“Unit Cost: $223.2 million (fiscal 98 constant dollars)

Inventory: Active force, 4”

Good thing we have four of these babes. That way members of Congress will also be saved. I mean, got to save the best and brightest to lead the recovery after total nuclear destruction.


13 posted on 06/12/2011 8:59:05 PM PDT by garjog
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To: DeathBeforeDishonor1

Hey!!....Thats classified!


14 posted on 06/12/2011 8:59:46 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: garjog

refuelling. even so it probably has to after a few days of constant flying need some kind of maintenance.


15 posted on 06/12/2011 9:00:32 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Dang. Missed my flight!


16 posted on 06/12/2011 9:00:32 PM PDT by garjog
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To: garjog

http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/photos/8/8/5/0188588.jpg

http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/photos/7/1/6/0188617.jpg


17 posted on 06/12/2011 9:01:00 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: DesertRhino

What does god need with an airplane?


18 posted on 06/12/2011 9:01:10 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: garjog
"how can it stay airborne for days I wonder? "

It's a hybrid...that runs on flex fuel...and solar panels... /s.

19 posted on 06/12/2011 9:01:37 PM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: sukhoi-30mki

We really don’t need any of these guys. We’ve got the Constitution. Pick people out of the phone book...they couldn’t be any worse than some of these clowns...especially POSOTUS. Patriots/Americans will step up.

(thanks for posting, sukhoi-30mki)


20 posted on 06/12/2011 9:01:37 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: sukhoi-30mki

And why do we know this?? Why does anyone know this? Regardless of the president’s party, why is this public knowledge?


21 posted on 06/12/2011 9:02:52 PM PDT by ExtremeUnction
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To: DeathBeforeDishonor1

Does it have a golf course?


Will it save Mooshell’s ass too?


22 posted on 06/12/2011 9:04:09 PM PDT by DefeatCorruption
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To: sukhoi-30mki

“...165,000 pounds of advanced electronics.”

Really? That’s going to take a lot of fuel to keep it up there then. And if it’s a real ‘apocalypse’, where are the refueling planes going to take off from? It would probably be money better spent keeping the whole country safe.


23 posted on 06/12/2011 9:04:25 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Hope they defund this nonsense someday. The Federal Government has certainly become a thing apart from the people: Government of the Feds, by the Feds, and for the Feds.

I want to see the Obama gear up and lead a few ops FROM THE FRONT in any of the vital, national interest hot spots we’re fighting in at this time. Women in combat? You bet! Put a helmet on Michelle (may not fit in the rest of the uniform) and send her out on Afghan convoys with the rifle and side arms and other ordinances of her choice. Let her eat a few MREs in the sand. Then tell these two bozos to come back and talk to me. Sheesh!


24 posted on 06/12/2011 9:05:18 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
The plane should fit the occupant,the case of the Kenyan mental cripple,would call for a rubber-band powered balsa wood toy.
25 posted on 06/12/2011 9:05:47 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: DeathBeforeDishonor1
Does it have a golf course?

Yep....and a Baskin-Robbins.

26 posted on 06/12/2011 9:06:30 PM PDT by Right Brother
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To: Deaf Smith

[It’s a hybrid...that runs on flex fuel...and solar panels... /s.]

Wrong, wrong, wrong. It runs on Bullsh!t which the pResident, congresscritters, and military brass have always been able to produce in sufficient quantity to keep a 747 fueled for day, weeks, months, perhaps even YEARS!


27 posted on 06/12/2011 9:07:08 PM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

28 posted on 06/12/2011 9:07:20 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

This way, if the world goes nuclear ballistic, Obama can still make his NCAA picks safe and secure.


29 posted on 06/12/2011 9:08:11 PM PDT by ari-freedom (All we are saying....is give the military a chance)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
"24/7/365"

24/7/52


30 posted on 06/12/2011 9:08:22 PM PDT by I see my hands (Embrace misanthropy)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Then we can all relax. The President and Joint Chiefs will be safe!


31 posted on 06/12/2011 9:09:09 PM PDT by garjog
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To: sukhoi-30mki

"What goes up . . . must come down. Talkin' 'bout your troubles it's a cryin' sin. Ride a painted pony let the spinnin' wheel spin."


32 posted on 06/12/2011 9:10:35 PM PDT by GravityFree (Death is not the end, nor the beginning of the end, but only the end of the beginning.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Funny, but this almost makes me want to go out in the first wave of whatever apocalypse comes. Last thing in the world I’d want is to be one of the few remaining subjects for emperor sotero to lord over.

Better to be dead.


33 posted on 06/12/2011 9:10:35 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

That plane would end up dropping like a rock. They don’t glide.


34 posted on 06/12/2011 9:11:43 PM PDT by unkus
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To: sukhoi-30mki
"The plane can stay in-flight for days without refueling, a necessity if circumstances demanded the plane's use by the nation's top officials."

Days? I doubt that. Maybe with refueling.

35 posted on 06/12/2011 9:11:50 PM PDT by upchuck (Think you know hardship? Ha! Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: Deaf Smith

The kite string is hard to see in the pictures.....


36 posted on 06/12/2011 9:15:04 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: garjog

“Question: how can it stay airborne for days I wonder? Its a modified 747 and they can’t stay up for days.”

1. It has environmentally friendly solar cells mounted on top, and it’s fast enough to stay in sunlight 24 hours a day

OR

2. It has deployable pinwheels that extend from the fuselage attached to generators to run the propellers

OR

3. It is equipped with a Sterling engine and with the Administration on board there is an inexhaustible supply of hot air for operation


37 posted on 06/12/2011 9:17:04 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Is there room for bo? Or will he be fried like all of OUR pets?


38 posted on 06/12/2011 9:17:04 PM PDT by garjog
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To: DeathBeforeDishonor1
"But did they account for the weight of Michelle’s fat booty arse?"

For that they'll use the cargo version...

39 posted on 06/12/2011 9:17:30 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: TheCipher
If memory serves, the codename ( callsign ) was Looking Glass.

You are correct - there is nothing "new" about either the E-4A (EC-135J) or E-4B (B747). The first E-4A were delivered in 1974. The E-4B NEACP (National Emergency Airborne Command Post) is designed to survive an EMP with systems intact,[5] and has state-of-the-art direct fire countermeasures. The E-4B uses analog instruments because they are less susceptible to an EMP.[6] The E-4B is capable of operating with a crew of 48 to 112 people, the largest crew of any aircraft in US Air Force history. With in-flight refueling it is capable of remaining airborne for a considerable period (limited only by consumption of the engines' lubricants). In a test flight for endurance, the aircraft remained airborne and fully operational for 35.4 hours. It takes two fully loaded KC-135 tankers to fully refuel an E-4B. The E-4B has three operational decks; upper, middle and lower.
40 posted on 06/12/2011 9:20:53 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: garjog

What’s the dog doing? Poor dog.


41 posted on 06/12/2011 9:23:10 PM PDT by unkus
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To: sukhoi-30mki

.................ll E-4B aircraft are assigned to the 55th Wing.................................

Do I read that right??

Eleven of these aircraft at $223 million each:

$2.5 billion in aircraft sitting on the ground awaiting the disbursement of Zer0, Wookie, then all the cabinet and spouses; then all the czars and spouses; then all the congresscritters and spouses; then all the quasi governmental goons like Bernankie and others; then who else.

All while us schleps have to put up with the radiation and death that they brought unto us.

Wonderful, just F**ing wonderful!


42 posted on 06/12/2011 9:29:13 PM PDT by Noob1999
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To: TheCipher

My wedding’s best man’s sister served most of her Navy CT career on Lookingglass.


43 posted on 06/12/2011 9:29:33 PM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: garjog

I know a few cities that already look like that.


44 posted on 06/12/2011 9:33:09 PM PDT by mia
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To: The Antiyuppie

They must have some of those Zero Point Energy Modules (ZPMs) that they got from the Ancients, either by traveling to Atlantis via the Stargate, or by taking them from the wreckage of the alien craft found at Roswell.


45 posted on 06/12/2011 9:33:15 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: 43north

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qebqNtHe5Ng
Here’s a B29 that didn’t land for 20 years.


46 posted on 06/12/2011 9:33:56 PM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: Dr.Zoidberg
Last thing in the world I’d want is to be one of the few remaining subjects for emperor sotero to lord over.

What makes you think he would survive?

47 posted on 06/12/2011 9:56:07 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Avoid arguments with your wife about lifting the toilet seat by simply using the sink.)
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To: Noob1999

Four 747s
Seven C135s

We had a C-135 Looking Glass at Lajes in the Azores. We were told if you ever saw it moving, kiss your ass goodbye. There was also one at Offutt AFB, Nebraska. Don’t remember where the rest of them were stationed.

They are stationed around the world so a General Command staff can retaliate in case the US is wiped out in a nuclear attack.


48 posted on 06/12/2011 10:10:06 PM PDT by hattend (Let's all meet Sarah at her last bus stop -- 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in Jan 2013)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

I am not at all comforted with the idea that 0bama can escape a disaster, possibly of his making, while the rest of us are left behind.


49 posted on 06/12/2011 10:10:36 PM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts so good.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

If I remember correctly, the E-4B’s can completely take over the functions of what used to be SAC Headquarters near Omaha, NE and the NORAD Cheyenne Mountain command center in case they are attacked. The Russians had similar command planes with modified Il-18’s and Il-62’s but they couldn’t stay in the air as long as the E-4B’s.


50 posted on 06/12/2011 10:11:04 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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