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US Air Force nearly lost one of the Doomsday aircraft

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The United States nearly lost one of the Doomsday aircraft. As he writes Popular Mechanics, In early October this year, the E-6B Mercury repeater aircraft made an emergency landing due to a bird falling into one of the engines.


US Air Force nearly lost one of the Doomsday aircraft


According to the publication, the incident occurred in early October in Virginia at the US Patuxent River Air Force Base. The plane taking off from the air base was forced to return due to the failure of one of the four engines. After landing, it was found that the cause of the accident was the entry of birds into the air intake of one of the engines.

The US Navy command classified this incident in the highest category, assigning it the category "Class A incident", i.e. as an accident with damage in excess of 2 million dollars. According to the BBC, the cost of repairing the engine "will be very high."

Note that the E-6B Mercury repeater is one of the three Doomsday aircraft, along with No. 1 and No. 2. The aircraft has the nickname "Take Charge and Move Out, TACAMO", it was created on the basis of the Boeing 707 airliner and is designed to control submarines with ballistic missiles and ballistic missile ground posts. Since the 1989 of the year, the U.S. Navy has been armed with 16 of such aircraft, and one of them must always be in the air. The crew consists of 18 people: 5 pilots and 13 operators.

We add that all American Doomsday aircraft have their nicknames. So "board number 1", which in the event of a nuclear war hosts the US President and Secretary of Defense, and which is the command post, has the name "Nightwatch" (Nightwatch). Since the 1974 of the year, the US Air Force has four E-4B Night Watch based on the Boeing 747 passenger liner.

Board No. 2, designed to house the Prime Minister, First Lady and Secretary of State, who manages the strategic forces, is called “Air Force Two”. Since the 1998 year, the United States has been armed with four C-32A aircraft based on the Boeing 757 passenger aircraft.

Last August, the US Department of Defense announced plans to replace all three types of Doomsday command posts with a single platform.
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  1. WILL
    WILL 24 October 2019 15: 24 New
    +19
    Bird - reward "posthumously"! soldier
    Disabled the doomsday plane - and this day at least ... delayed!
    1. Jerk
      Jerk 24 October 2019 15: 38 New
      +6
      The bird operator. And about Putin with the Siberian Cranes-not gu-gu ...
      PiSi: And before that, it seems, the air force base was flooding with them wink God hinting ...
    2. Nycomed
      Nycomed 24 October 2019 15: 49 New
      -4
      What to reward? We have no awards for animals (exhibition does not count). But the British have it.
      1. volodimer
        volodimer 24 October 2019 17: 32 New
        0
        The Order of the White Eagle ... So what, what is Polish ... Poland is part of the Russian Empire. We’ll arrange it for one turmoil, let the Americans and the Pshek understand ...
        1. volodimer
          volodimer 24 October 2019 17: 33 New
          +1
          political correctness ... amers.ov on .... replaced laughing
        2. Nycomed
          Nycomed 24 October 2019 17: 48 New
          -2
          The Order of the White Eagle is not intended to reward animals. It has a completely different statute.
          1. volodimer
            volodimer 24 October 2019 17: 54 New
            0
            I know it hi but the name is very suitable smile Bad that sparrow who does not want to become an eagle!
      2. Nycomed
        Nycomed 24 October 2019 17: 50 New
        -2
        Who cares, you can google about the cat Simon. Real story.
  2. Amateur
    Amateur 24 October 2019 15: 28 New
    -4
    Board No. 2, intended for placement the prime ministerFirst Lady and Secretary of State

    And what, the prime minister has appeared in the USA? belay
    1. tol100v
      tol100v 24 October 2019 16: 09 New
      +2
      Quote: Amateur
      And what, the prime minister has appeared in the USA?

      Apparently it was meant a vicik!
      1. Amateur
        Amateur 24 October 2019 17: 05 New
        -8
        Apparently it was meant a vicik!

        You can mean anyone. With Melania yes in a nuclear war repeat
    2. To be or not to be
      To be or not to be 24 October 2019 16: 42 New
      +2
      1. Doomsday aircraft only E-4 In total 4 aircraft.
      The four E-4Bs are under the command of the 1st Communications and Command Squadron of the VKP 595th Command and Control Group, located at Offut Air Base, near Omaha, Nebraska.
      is the UCP of the United States senior management
      The US Air Force is preparing requirements to replace the E-4B with a more modern platform, while DOD plans to merge both the E-6B Mercury Navy and the E-4B US Air Force in the “Survivable Airborne Operations Center” (SAOC) fleet.
      2. Air Force One (literally - "Air Force One", "Board Number One") is the call sign of any US Air Force aircraft on board which the US President is on board.
      .Boeing 747-200B (military designation VC-25A) - sides 28000 and 29000 They are part of the 89th air wing of Andrews Avb. maryland
      New aircraft are being developed (Two new aircraft, designated VC-25B and based on the Boeing 747-8, have been ordered by the USAF and are to be delive 89th Airlift Wing, Presidential Airlift Group (PAG) - Andrews AFB, Marylandred by 2024 .
      3. E-6B MERCURY AIRBORNE COMMAND POST as part of the US Navy = TASAMO repeater aircraft. Two squadrons, the "Ironmen" of VQ-3 and the "Shadows" of VQ-4 with Avb Navy Tinker, Oklahoma
      Specialists from Strategic Communications Wing 1, headquartered at Tinker Air Force Base Oklahoma.
      1. engineer74
        engineer74 24 October 2019 20: 25 New
        0
        New aircraft are being developed (Two new aircraft, designated VC-25B and based on the Boeing 747-8, have been ordered by the USAF and are to be delive 89th Airlift Wing, Presidential Airlift Group (PAG) - Andrews AFB, Marylandred by 2024 .

        A promising target for a promising S-1000 air defense system (but this is a secret) wassat
  3. nPuBaTuP
    nPuBaTuP 24 October 2019 15: 29 New
    0
    I wonder if we have something like that?
    1. kjhg
      kjhg 24 October 2019 15: 44 New
      +1
      There are 2 aircraft based on the IL-80.
      1. WILL
        WILL 24 October 2019 15: 50 New
        +4
        Based on civilian IL 86 ... IL-80. hi
        Preparing for operation - based on IL - 96!
        1. kjhg
          kjhg 24 October 2019 15: 57 New
          +3
          Fixed hi
          Quote: ANIMAL

          Preparing for operation - based on IL - 96!

          Wait and see.
    2. bar
      bar 24 October 2019 17: 00 New
      0
      We have trained birds
    3. SOVIET UNION 2
      SOVIET UNION 2 24 October 2019 20: 10 New
      0
      Like what? Bird or plane? If similar to a bird, you can use a swarm of drones. If it’s like a knocked-out engine, see, see! What is this bird knocked down technique?
  4. tlauicol
    tlauicol 24 October 2019 15: 30 New
    +4
    the first lady with prying men flies?
    1. den3080
      den3080 24 October 2019 15: 47 New
      +5
      Quote: Tlauicol
      the first lady with prying men flies?

      I remembered an old joke.
      artist Petrov-Vodkin comes to Sverdlov: Yakov Mikhalych, I painted a picture. "Lenin in Poland" called "
      Sverdlov: A show Nuka
      The artist unfolded the canvas, there was a forest, a clearing, a hut, two pairs of legs, male and female, protruded from the hut.
      Who is this?
      Nadezhda Konstantinovna
      And this?
      Felix Edmundych
      Where is Lenin?
      So ... this ... in Poland.
      winked
      1. tlauicol
        tlauicol 24 October 2019 15: 56 New
        0
        lol good
        Quote: den3080
        Quote: Tlauicol
        the first lady with prying men flies?

        I remembered an old joke.
        artist Petrov-Vodkin comes to Sverdlov: Yakov Mikhalych, I painted a picture. "Lenin in Poland" called "
        Sverdlov: A show Nuka
        The artist unfolded the canvas, there was a forest, a clearing, a hut, two pairs of legs, male and female, protruded from the hut.
        Who is this?
        Nadezhda Konstantinovna
        And this?
        Felix Edmundych
        Where is Lenin?
        So ... this ... in Poland.
        winked
        1. T.Henks
          T.Henks 24 October 2019 17: 05 New
          0
          Yes ... Ancient .... They also went to school.
    2. volodimer
      volodimer 24 October 2019 17: 47 New
      0
      "board number 1" on which, in the event of a nuclear war, the US president and defense secretary
      Strange, the president and the minister of defense are on the same board ... although it would be worth seating them, and the wife on board to the president ... It seems that the first lady has more authority.
      The Secretary of State, of course, is the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Prime Minister, yes, this is apparently the Vice President.
      It’s still not clear:
      E-6B Mercury repeater is one of the Doomsday aircraft
      In service with the U.S. Navy since 1989 are 16 such aircraft
    3. SOVIET UNION 2
      SOVIET UNION 2 24 October 2019 20: 15 New
      +1
      What’s the crime? Or is it like in a joke? Expensive! Why are you coming home drunk? Well, when you come drunk, I don’t tell you anything. Well, I’m thumping with men! And I'm with whom !? wassat They have equal rights! wassat
      1. volodimer
        volodimer 24 October 2019 20: 33 New
        0
        Great explanation laughing
  5. V1er
    V1er 24 October 2019 15: 41 New
    +2
    We must learn to control the birds, this will be the super weapon of the future. Birds of any B-52 will be planted near the airport.
    1. Retvizan 8
      Retvizan 8 24 October 2019 17: 48 New
      +1
      "Why are you crying"?
      "I'm sorry for the bird!"))
  6. Honest Citizen
    Honest Citizen 24 October 2019 15: 52 New
    +1
    “Class A incident”, i.e. as an accident with damage in excess of $ 2 million. According to the BBC, the cost of repairing the engine "will be very high."

    "Dear" bird turned out ... over 2 million
    1. tol100v
      tol100v 24 October 2019 16: 14 New
      -1
      Quote: Honest Citizen
      "Dear" bird turned out ... over 2 million

      Sawmills in the SGA are not like ours! Our more modest sawing!
    2. SOVIET UNION 2
      SOVIET UNION 2 24 October 2019 20: 19 New
      +1
      Not expensive, but effective! wassat Here it is a battle of technology! wassat Where is Greenpeace with claims? wassat
  7. Thrifty
    Thrifty 24 October 2019 16: 29 New
    +2
    It’s almost considered to be when it really falls, and then we can say that for the Doomsday plane, the doomsday has come.
  8. Old26
    Old26 24 October 2019 16: 38 New
    +4
    Quote: Amateur
    Board No. 2, intended for placement the prime ministerFirst Lady and Secretary of State

    And what, the prime minister has appeared in the USA? belay

    Translation error imposed on unprofessionalism. Surely we are talking about the vice president, not the prime minister
  9. Prisoner
    Prisoner 24 October 2019 16: 55 New
    +4
    A little bit is not considered. Flaw, comrades, flaw! Was it difficult to prepare four birds?
  10. Bookcase
    Bookcase 24 October 2019 18: 26 New
    +2

    It's a PITCH for the bird :-(
  11. APASUS
    APASUS 24 October 2019 19: 32 New
    +1
    The US Navy command classified this incident in the highest category, assigning it the category "Class A incident", i.e. as an accident with damage in excess of $ 2 million. According to the BBC, the cost of repairing the engine "will be very high."

    What kind of engines are there, since they have such a price tag for hitting a bird? Unless everything in the place with the wing is destroyed
    1. Pete mitchell
      Pete mitchell 24 October 2019 19: 49 New
      +6
      hi , in fact, the normal alignment and it is not entirely clear why such a 'cheese boron'. If you consider that the engine costs 3 lyam, then 2 for the repair is quite normal. I once “crushed” a bird, the fairy washed the engine, allowed to return home / according to the documents you can perform another 10 flights before the baroscopic inspection /, and then the engine was “hacked”. It happens ...
    2. Alexey RA
      Alexey RA 25 October 2019 15: 20 New
      0
      Quote: APASUS
      What kind of engines are there, since they have such a price tag for hitting a bird?

      Aunt Vika slanders that on the E-6B are CFM International CFM56-2A-2, for which the price of the new engine reaches 10 evergreen lemons.
  12. Kibl
    Kibl 24 October 2019 20: 37 New
    +2
    Sorry for the bird ....
  13. aries2200
    aries2200 24 October 2019 22: 48 New
    0
    here somehow drones were shown at an exhibition in Sochi, the creation of young modellers .. the drone was in the form of an owl .. didn’t it fly into a turbine to an American ????
  14. olhon
    olhon 25 October 2019 00: 49 New
    0
    You can’t forbid to live beautifully.
  15. iouris
    iouris 25 October 2019 12: 20 New
    0
    Everything is ready. Rather, this day would come.