Back to Squawk list
  • 35

Air Force One's permanent shadow: Inside the E-4B 'Doomsday' 747 plane that follows the US President around the world in case of nuclear war

This article was posted in May But is a really interesting story about the president's doomsday plane not posted here before so i thought I,d post it. Article description E-4B 'Nightwatch' planes have been in operation since the 1970s They follow Air Force One when the US President travels abroad and one is kept constantly running 24 hours a day when he is in the US They are also called 'Doomsday' planes and are outfitted as military command centers in the case of… ( 기타...

Sort type: [Top] [Newest]

Check out this video on the E4
Thanks for the link sir, and for your service. Fascinating footage and story.
Nice old pictures, but doesn't look anything like that anymore. Still nice to look at them, thank you.
dbkoob 1
The video which this article was taken is 4 years old. So it probably still does
My cousin was assigned to fly E-4Bs for several years. Whenever thunderstorms approached Offutt they would load up and fly as far as necessary to ensure that the planes were never hit by lightning.
Kept running, as in APU and/or engines at idle?
yatesd 3
They actually keep one engine running all the time as the APU apparently doesn't provide enough power to keep all the onboard systems operational. When I was in the Air Force we often used to host the E-4 Nightwatch missions at Dyess AFB and one of the requirements was that we had to provide a garden hose attached to a water hose bib that attached to the aircraft and supplied water to a supplemental cooling system for the aircraft to keep everything from overheating. Pretty weird...I know. There were a few times that due to bad weather in the central US that we had as many as all four E4s on our ramp at the same time and the crews would all be in our alert facility.
I saw that too...That's a lot of hours.
zx zczc 1
True, lots of ambiguity there...
Part of the elaborate system that mirrors the Hollywood bunkers shown in movies like T3 Rise of Machines or Resident Evil
Wrong on so many facts, this Aircraft Supports the Def SEC of the US.there are currently 3, 1 has been mothballed in AZ. They are all former US Airline Passenger Aircraft.
"kept with the Engine Running 24 hours A day" wrong, they are keep on stand by, with an hour notice or less, can be Airbourne.
Written by a Non Airline or non Airplane person.
Hey UK, gets your facts correct before you take a shot at writing about the US Military.
Try again....
At least 2 of the airframes were slated for commercial use, that deal did not pan out.
They were then converted for this use prior to being completed for commercial use.


계정을 가지고 계십니까? 사용자 정의된 기능, 비행 경보 및 더 많은 정보를 위해 지금(무료) 등록하세요!
이 웹 사이트는 쿠키를 사용합니다. 이 웹 사이트를 사용하고 탐색함으로써 귀하는 이러한 쿠기 사용을 수락하는 것입니다.
FlightAware 항공편 추적이 광고로 지원된다는 것을 알고 계셨습니까?
FlightAware.com의 광고를 허용하면 FlightAware를 무료로 유지할 수 있습니다. Flightaware에서는 훌륭한 경험을 제공할 수 있도록 관련성있고 방해되지 않는 광고를 유지하기 위해 열심히 노력하고 있습니다. FlightAware에서 간단히 광고를 허용 하거나 프리미엄 계정을 고려해 보십시오..