At about 3:00 PM eastern US time, the United States Air Force SCRAMBLED three (3) model E6B nuclear command-and-control Aircraft from Offutt AFB, with at least two other model E4 Mobile Presidential Command Planes already airborne. These aircraft are part of the TACAMO (Take Charge And Move Out) system to command the global United States military arsenal from the air in the event the US is attacked and ground facilities are destroyed.
There are no strategic “Drills” scheduled according to US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)
The E6b is pictured below:
The Boeing E-6 Mercury (formerly E-6 Hermes) is an airborne command post and communications relay based on the Boeing 707-320. The original E-6A manufactured by Boeing’s defense division entered service with the United States Navy in July 1989, replacing the EC-130Q. It conveys instructions from the National Command Authority to fleet ballistic missile submarines, a mission known as TACAMO (TAke Charge And Move Out). The E-6B model deployed in October 1998 kept this role, but added further command post capabilities and control of land-based missiles and nuclear-armed strategic bombers. The E-6B replaced Air Force EC-135Cs in the “Looking Glass” role, providing command and control of U.S. nuclear forces should ground-based control become inoperable. With production lasting until 1991, the E-6 was the final new derivative of the Boeing 707 to be built.
Below is pictured one of the E4b Presidential Command Planes:
The Boeing E-4 Advanced Airborne Command Post, with the project name “Nightwatch” is a strategic command and control military aircraft operated by the United States Air Force (USAF). The E-4 series was specially modified from the Boeing 747-200B. The E-4 serves as a survivable mobile command post for the National Command Authority, namely the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, and successors. Four E-4Bs are operated by the 1st Airborne Command and Control Squadron of the 55th Wing located at Offutt Air Force Base, near Omaha, Nebraska. An E-4B is denoted a “National Airborne Operations Center” when in action.
As of 4:00 PM EDT on 10-4-2016, at least TWO of these aircraft are now in the air over the USA, despite no “Drills” being scheduled by US Strategic Command!
SuperStation95 is inquiring of our sources as to whether or not this is a US response to Russia commencing the movement of forty million citizens into Bomb Shelters as a “drill” announced through Russian media yesterday, as commencing today October 4, and reaching completion by October 7. Our story about that appears here.
This sudden deployment of US command-and-control military aircraft is a developing story, please check back for more details.
UPDATE 5:02 PM EDT —
A number of P8 anti-submarine warfare aircraft have also been scrambled out of Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, FL and, according to a first-hand observer they “Hauled ass directly out into the Atlantic.”
. . . Something is “up.”
The Boeing P-8 Poseidon (formerly the Multimission Maritime Aircraft or MMA) is a military aircraft developed for the United States Navy (USN). The aircraft has been developed by Boeing Defense, Space & Security, modified from the 737-800ERX.
The P-8 conducts anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), and shipping interdiction, along with an electronic signals intelligence (ELINT) role. This involves carrying torpedoes, depth charges, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, and other weapons. It is able to drop and monitor sonobuoys. It is designed to operate in conjunction with the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance unmanned aerial vehicle.