If the world was to descend suddenly into a large-scale nuclear crusade, one of the safest homes you could be is aboard an aircraft- specifically, the US Air Force’s E-4B( nicknamed: the “doomsday plane” ). Let’s exactly hope it doesn’t come to that.
The( almost) six-story tall plane contains 18 bunks, six showers, a conference room, briefing area, galley, engagement staff undertaking region, and manager one-quarters. There are three decks, four massive engines, and seat for a 112 -strong crew.
The E-4B is actually a modified Boeing 747. The interior design has been described as utilitarian and dated, with a distinct lack of spaces and an( almost exclusively) antiquated electronics system.
As one crew member explained, there are no digital touch screens in sight. Instead, it has been designed with analog flight organs. If there was ever a nuclear war, this would be safer- digital technology would be damaged as a result of the electromagnetic pulsation that comes after a nuclear detonation. Analog technology, however, is less vulnerable to this kind of attack.
Impressively, the plane can stay in the air for several days at the time and is able to refuel while still in flight, with the aid of another aircraft. On top is a dome-shaped structure( a “radome” ), which supermarkets many of the plane’s 60 -something satellite dishes and feelers, used to communicate with carries, subs, aircraft, and landlines that could be anywhere on the planet. But, disappointingly, most of its abilities are classified.
So, who is the lucky owner of this spacecraft? Harmonizing to Amanda Macias of CNBC, who got an insider peek at the doomsday plane, it is used to shuttle the secretary of Defense from place to place. Most recently, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan went on a week-long trip to Asia.
“[ T] he plane is basically a flying mastery core, ” one Pentagon spokesperson told Macais. The secretary has access to unclassified and the highest form of restricted communication systems aboard the plane, “So, he’s never out of the loop, ” said another.
There are currently four E-4Bs in the Air Force’s fleet, with one alarm and ready to go at any time.( In 2017, a tornado took a kick at fishing fleets, knocking all but one out of service for three months .)
According to Macais, these doomsday airliners have been in operation since 1980- and are due to retire by 2039.
[ H/ T: CNBC]