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£150million doomsday plane designed for nuclear war spotted flying over England – World News

The infamous doomsday plane, reportedly costing £150million, was supposed to help US leaders continue their war effort after a nuclear blast

The maiden flight of this Boeing 747 version E-4A on June 13, 1973 at Paine Field in Everett, Washington
The maiden flight of this Boeing 747 version E-4A on June 13, 1973 at Paine Field in Everett, Washington

A doomsday plane intended to serve as an air base for the US during the nuclear war has been spotted over Britain.

The Boeing 747 E4-B plane can stay airborne for days and even withstand the electromagnetic pulse of a nuclear explosion.

Washington has maintained a fleet of the £150million aircraft since the Cold War, with the intention of using them as mobile bases should a war turn nuclear.

At least one of the huge jets is kept ready to take off around the clock.

The plane, known as the “Flying Pentagon,” was intended to carry senior military personnel and the Secretary of Defense and was seen taking off from the US as part of the convoy that took the President to Europe.

Observant plane spotters spotted the GRIM99: Nightwatch plane taking off to support Joe Biden’s visit to Europe.

Biden flew over in Air Force One to attend potentially important summits scheduled to last four days.

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The Nightwatch’s doomsday plane, GRIM99, just before it flew across the English Channel
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The airborne command post is a mobile war room full of military strategists and analysts who, at worst, would guide Biden through the early days of nuclear war.

This comes as Russian state television warns that any NATO intervention, even sending peacekeeping forces to Ukraine, could be met with a nuclear response.

The Kremlin’s propaganda mouthpieces issued the chilling warnings on some of its most popular TV shows.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had previously put its nuclear resources on alert to deter the West.

He also rejected the use of nuclear weapons in the event of an existential threat to Russia.






The Nightwatch plane as it flew over England





The doomsday plane on its journey across the Atlantic

While the Doomsday planes are no secret, they are very rarely mentioned, and the full capabilities of jets like Nightwatch are unknown.

After starting as part of the convoy from Washington, it crossed the Atlantic and the English Channel before circling an area north of Cambridge, according to flight-tracking app Flight Radar 24.

It was believed to be heading for RAF Mildenhall.

The Nightwatch has three decks and can accommodate a crew of 112 while staying airborne for 12 hours without landing.

In addition, the aerial refueling, which is common practice on jets today, means it can remain aloft for days.

Its windows are reported to be barbed wire mesh to keep them intact and onboard equipment and wiring are hardened and there is thermal and nuclear shielding in the event of an explosion.






The plane took off as part of support for Joe Biden’s flight to Europe for four days of the summit

It features 18 bunks and six bathrooms, a boardroom, conference room, workspaces, and executive quarters.

But unlike the luxury of the President’s plane, Air Force One, planes like Nightwatch have a purely functional setup.

The bubble at the top is called the “Ray Dome” or “Radome” and contains dozens of satellite dishes and antennas that can communicate with any US ship, submarine or plane anywhere in the world.

But in December 2020, Russian media reported that radio equipment was stolen from the plane while it was being serviced.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s chief spokesman has acknowledged that Russia has yet to achieve any of its military objectives in Ukraine and refused to deny that Moscow might resort to using nuclear weapons.







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In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday, Dmitry Peskov repeatedly refused to rule out that Russia would consider using nuclear weapons against what Moscow saw as an “existential threat.”

Asked under what conditions Putin would use Russia’s nuclear capacity, Mr. Peskov replied: “If it’s an existential threat to our country, then it can be.”

The US condemned Peskov’s “dangerous” statements.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters Tuesday, “This is not how a responsible nuclear power should act.”

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