June 8, 2011
US Air Force Offers Glimpse Of ‘Doomsday’ Plane
The U.S. Air Force has offered a rare glimpse inside the President's "doomsday" plane recently.
The aircraft is said to be able to withstand the ultimate worst-case scenarios, such as nuclear blasts and asteroids.
The $223 million plane is on standby 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is fitted with radiation and electromagnetic pulse.
The plane is specifically designed to run the government and the military from the air in the event of nuclear war.
The aircraft runs on 165,000 pounds of state of the art electronics and is protected by an electromagnetic pulse shield.
It is capable of flying for days without refueling and can reach speeds up to 620 miles per hour.
The plane also has a five mile long cable that extends out of its back to help gain reception to communicate with anyone on the ground, as well as nuclear submarines.
"[We] drop is down and [it] transmits coded message traffic to U.S. submarines," Captain W. Scott Ryder told ABC News.
"Give us the phone number of anybody, anytime, anyplace, anywhere on earth, we can get a hold of them," Master Sergeant Joe Stuart of the U.S. Air Force added.
The plane weighs 410,000 pounds and utilizes a 112-person crew that sleeps nearby so it can take-off within five minutes of an attack.
"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," Ryder told ABC News. "Constantly there's at least one alert airplane waiting to get airborne."
Image Caption: Air Force E-4B National Airborne Operations Center 'Doomsday Plane'. Credit: U.S. Air Force
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