What is the Doomsday Plane and why is it operational these days?

The US ‘Doomsday Plane’ has been making training flights since the conflict in Russia and Ukraine began.

Since on August 6, 1945, at 08:15 am, the Enola Gay made the first use of a nuclear weapon in the history of Humanity when it dropped ‘Little Boy’ on the city of Hiroshima, the entire world entered a new era. One in which all countries wanted to have their own atomic terrors.

Since then two things have become clear: The first is that it would be very unlikely to see a Third World War. The second is that if it did break out, the weapons response of nations would make it the shortest and most destructive war in history, a “war at the speed of light ” as Michael Crichton described it in his novel Congo. A war in which the use of nuclear weapons a thousand times more destructive than that of World War II would reduce the entire world to ashes.

nuclear psychosis

The subject of hundreds of works, from official to speculative treatises, movies, series, video games, the nuclear Apocalypse is still as scary as when nuclear/atomic psychosis first broke out in the 1960s with the Cuban Missile Crisis – the world would never know. how close we were to the apocalyptic reality seen in the first two Terminator movies until many years later – and then in the 80s, seeing it reflected in the films, comics and series of the time.

When Russia invaded Ukraine two weeks ago, one of the first hashtags that appeared on Twitter worried the entire world, a world with several generations of human beings who do not know what it is like to live a conflict from within: ‘Third World War’, the third war world. And it is that today almost all nations are nuclear powers, and with the Cold War back again, the reality is that Putin can unleash it if he decides to make use of the ‘deterrent’ nuclear arsenal – a word that has always been used to define this type of weapons.

For this reason, the rest of the nations activated their measures, among them a United States that among its executive orders – those taken by the highest authorities and in secret – ordered its Doomsday Plane to start flying again.

FAT15

They call it the Doomsday Plane, the Doomsday Plane: Since the 1970s, Washington has maintained a fleet of Boeing 747 E4-B command and control aircraft called “Nightwatch ” for the specific purpose of providing an air base for the secretary US defense and high-ranking military personnel can conduct operations during a nuclear war. The planes, which can stay aloft for days, are designed to withstand the electromagnetic pulse of a nuclear explosion and can carry out routine training and readiness missions.

What is the Doomsday Plane and why is the Doomsday Plane operational these days

Since on August 6, 1945, at 08:15 am, the Enola Gay made the first use of a nuclear weapon in the history of Humanity when it dropped ‘Little Boy’ on the city of Hiroshima, the entire world entered a new era. One in which all countries wanted to have their own atomic terrors.

Since then two things have become clear: The first is that it would be very unlikely to see a Third World War. The second is that if it did break out, the weapons response of nations would make it the shortest and most destructive war in history, a “war at the speed of light ” as Michael Crichton described it in his novel Congo. A war in which the use of nuclear weapons a thousand times more destructive than that of World War II would reduce the entire world to ashes.

nuclear psychosis

The subject of hundreds of works, from official to speculative treatises, movies, series, video games, the nuclear Apocalypse is still as scary as when nuclear/atomic psychosis first broke out in the 1960s with the Cuban Missile Crisis – the world would never know. how close we were to the apocalyptic reality seen in the first two Terminator movies until many years later – and then in the 80s, seeing it reflected in the films, comics and series of the time.

When Russia invaded Ukraine two weeks ago, one of the first hashtags that appeared on Twitter worried the entire world, a world with several generations of human beings who do not know what it is like to live a conflict from within: ‘Third World War’, the third war world. And it is that today almost all nations are nuclear powers, and with the Cold War back again, the reality is that Putin can unleash it if he decides to make use of the ‘deterrent’ nuclear arsenal – a word that has always been used to define this type of weapons.

For this reason, the rest of the nations activated their measures, among them a United States that among its executive orders – those taken by the highest authorities and in secret – ordered its Doomsday Plane to start flying again.

FAT15

They call it the Doomsday Plane, the Doomsday Plane: Since the 1970s, Washington has maintained a fleet of Boeing 747 E4-B command and control aircraft called “Nightwatch ” for the specific purpose of providing an air base for the secretary US defense and high-ranking military personnel can conduct operations during a nuclear war. The planes, which can stay aloft for days, are designed to withstand the electromagnetic pulse of a nuclear explosion and can carry out routine training and readiness missions.

Costing $200 million per unit and dubbed ‘FAT’ by the US Air Force, at least one E4-B is kept ready 24 hours a day at all times. And that happened 12 days ago, on February 28, when Vladimir Putin ordered an increase in the preparation of the Russian nuclear forces: a Boeing 747 with the callsign ‘FAT15’ took off from a United States Air Force base in Nebraska and had a mission accompanied by other specialized early warning aircraft used to track ballistic missiles.

The aircraft’s nighttime sortie between February 28 and March 1, lasting 4 1/2 hours to Chicago and back, was unusual in that it involved other early warning and command and control aircraft, including two “Cobra Ball” aircraft, specialized in tracking ballistic missile trajectories.

Doomsday Plane

Flight tracking websites suggested early Tuesday that the same FAT15 aircraft was preparing for a second consecutive flight. The United States Air Force insisted on Wednesday the 2nd that Monday’s flight had been “routine “ and did not represent a response to the announcement made on Sunday by the Russian president that he was putting his country’s “deterrent forces” – in reference to its nuclear weapons units – in a “special mode of combat duty “.

When US President Joe Biden was asked by a reporter on Monday the 28th whether Americans should be worried about a nuclear war with Russia, he replied: ” No. ” Regarding the Doomsday Plane’s scheduled emergency flight, a USAF spokesman told UK media iNews that ” The E-4B carries out both operational and training missions, which require travel to a wide variety of locations, both within the United States and around the world. The February 28 flight was a routine departure and was not a response to actions taking place in other parts of the world.”

War at the Speed ​​of Light

Although Putin has dared to use missiles and thermobaric weapons -twice as damaging- in his invasion, the idea of ​​resorting to a nuclear arsenal continues to be discarded for the same reason it has not been used since WWII: because of the very rapid escalation of destruction it would bring. But these days it is impossible not to feel the fear of the idea, the option, the possibility that you can press that red button in an act of desperation so as not to lose kyiv / Ukraine, and that consequently the rest of the nations are forced to answer with its deterrent arsenal.