The crew of the little-known sister force of Air Force One – the & # 39; the day of judgment & # 39; – has given a rare interview to lift the lid on some of the jet & # 39; s secrets.
The modified Boeing 747 is one of four designed to send high-ranking members of the government into the air in the event of a nuclear attack.
The crew spoke on Tuesday morning about some of his capabilities as acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan boarded the E-4B at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland for a one-week trip to Asia.
The current generation of special aircraft was made in 1980.
They are devoid of high-tech gadgets such as touch screens or digital instruments and rely on analogue technology to stay up.
This makes them immune to every major electromagnetic pulse that is generated by a nuclear disaster.
The US Air Force One has a relatively unknown sister aircraft specially designed to survive in the event of a global catastrophe
Four specially adapted Boeing 747 & # 39; s – the E-4B & # 39; s or & # 39; Doomsday aircraft & # 39; called (photo) – carry senior members of the US government around the world to ensure that they remain safe during or after a nuclear attack
Pentagon crew members and officials spoke to each other CNBC aboard one of the four vessels in a rare glimpse in these mysterious planes.
E-4B Doomsday aircraft follow the president of the United States during his travels, nationally or internationally.
& # 39; The aircraft is actually a flying command center, & # 39; said a Pentagon spokesman aboard the plane.
& # 39; It's just like a backup Pentagon & # 39 ;, an anonymous crew member added.
& # 39; There is always a sharp and ready plane to leave – 24 hours, seven days a week. & # 39;
Doomsday aircraft are also called & # 39; National Airborne Operation Centers & # 39; when they are in use.
The vessel has special equipment and can communicate with anyone, anywhere in the world, and support analysts and strategists during the flight.
The planes are designed to survive an electromagnetic pulse with all systems intact.
They still use traditional, analogue flight instruments because they are less vulnerable.
Pentagon crew members and unnamed spokespersons discussed the unique features and capabilities of each aircraft (photo), which they & # 39; back-pentagon & # 39; to mention
The Pentagon revealed that the planes, which were made in 1980, are devoid of modern gadgets and rely on analogue technology to stay in the air
The analogous nature of the doomsday aircraft makes them immune to every major electromagnetic pulse from a nuclear disaster
A crew member said: & # 39; It's a common misconception, but this aircraft has no digital touch screens in the cockpit or elsewhere. & # 39;
& # 39; The conditions in which this aircraft must fly demand analog, because digital technology would roast during a nuclear war, & # 39; she added.
The aircraft can also be refueled in the air and have remained in the air and operational for 35.4 hours in one stint.
However, the vessel was designed to operate in the air for a full week without having to land.
The E-4B's are controlled by the First Airborne Command and Control Squadron of the 595th Command and Control Group, are coordinated by the United States Strategic Command and are stationed near Omaha, Nebraska, at the Offutt Air Force Base .
When the president is in the US, a Doomsday plane is held with the engine running and ready 24 hours a day at the Offutt base.
If an emergency situation occurs, one of the four ships is able to contact Air Force One almost immediately.
Pentagon crew and officials spoke with CNBC aboard one of the four vessels in a rare glimpse into these mysterious planes
The Doomsday aircraft can also be refueled in the air (as shown) and can remain in the air for 35.4 hours and remain operational
The vessel has special equipment and can communicate with anyone, anywhere in the world, and support analysts and strategists during the flight
The aircraft are equipped with special equipment, including a wire antenna that the president can keep in contact with the nuclear submarine fleet, even if ground-based communication was destroyed.
The E-4 fleet was first operated in the 1970s during the Cold War.
Until the end of the war, one of the flying war spaces was constantly kept up to date at Andrew's Air Force Base, ready to leave with the president on board in just 15 minutes.
It was believed that these planes were the best way to keep the president safe in the event of a nuclear attack.
In 2006 it was talked about that the E-4B fleet would retire in 2009 with the then Minister of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
Instead, only one of the fleet retired in February 2007.
When Robert Gates took over as Secretary of Defense in May 2007, he returned the decision and the aircraft, with its unique capabilities, returnedO The fleet.
WHAT IS A NUCLEAR ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE?
Electromagnetic pulses (EMP & # 39; s) are short but powerful bursts of broadband electromagnetic energy.
They can be caused naturally – for example by lightning or meteorite impacts – or by nuclear explosions.
EMP's can cause damage to certain electronic systems by causing high currents and voltage peaks – and at high enough, intensities can even damage physical structures.
Weapons based on EMP & # 39; s have been developed to eliminate target electrical systems.
The American Doomsday Fleet – which carries important government officials in the event of a nuclear war – relies on non-digital technology to protect them from the effects of an EMP.
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