Aging & # 39; Doomsday Planes & # 39; are justified for repairs – forcing the Minister of Defense to travel by cargo plane
- The plane & # 39; Doomsday & # 39; of the US Air Force E-4B is on the side for necessary upgrades
- The E-4B Nightwatch aircraft would lead American troops in a nuclear attack
- The aircraft are also the most important travel choice for defense secretaries
- The E-4B has been flying since 1980 and is expected to resume in the 2020s
They are known as & # 39; Doomsday Planes & # 39; because they are built to survive the end of the world as we know it.
However, one thing they cannot escape is the inevitable wear and tear of age and a large part of the fleet has now landed.
The defense minister, Mark Esper, who usually trusts the jets, is now forced to use other planes, including a C-17 cargo plane, to transport him around the world.
This allowed the Air Force to fly one of the four night watch planes or keep them alert.
The fleet of E-4B Nightwatch aircraft has been in use since the 1980s and has been designed as control centers during a nuclear war.
The E-4B Air Force is waiting in 2007 for former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in Bogota, Columbia. The fleet is based on much-needed maintenance and upgrades
Defense Secretary Mark Esper will depart on September 6, 2019 with the cargo plane C-17 of the Air Force
Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrives in Afghanistan on October 20, 2019 with the C-32 aircraft while the E-4B Nightwatch gets upgrades
& # 39; A number of aircraft are in maintenance status to ensure that they remain flyable for this no-fail mission in the coming decade & # 39 ;, Colonel David Faggard, spokesperson for Air Force Global Strike Command, told Defense One.com .
& # 39; Upgrades and maintenance include avionics, wiring, communication equipment and other components to ensure that the platform remains viable in a modern world. & # 39;
The Air Force, referring to its sensitive nature, would not reveal how many of the jets are actually being worked on.
The E-4B & # 39; Doomsday & # 39; aircraft is flying to the Air Force in 1980. After years of wear, the fleet will be overhauled
The Air Force E-4B Nightwatch, also known as the & # 39; Doomsday & # 39; aircraft, has been set aside for an indefinite period of time for a revision
The E-4B can refuel in the air, meaning non-stop travel around the world, and they can act immediately in times of crisis and pass on launch orders from the president to ICBM silos and nuclear submarines.
With the sidelining of Doomsday planes, Defense Secretary Mark Esper used other military planes for his travels.
Esper boarded a freight C-17 aircraft for Europe in September and last month he received a C-32, the military version of a commercial Boeing 757, for a flight to the Middle East.
Despite regular maintenance checks, it was not enough to prevent the aircraft from collapsing in June 2011 with the then Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.
Two other E-4B were severely damaged in June 2017 when a tornado hit the Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska where they are located.
There is no timetable for when the new 4B & # 39; s will return to the air.
There is a noticeable difference between the E-4B & # 39; s and Air Force One. Although they both have the different letters & # 39; United States of America & # 39; on the plane, the 4B & # 39; s have no windows.
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