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Response to LiberalArkie (Reply #10)

Fri Jan 26, 2018, 09:35 PM

19. There is another 747 that has been specially equipped to serve as an airborne command post

The E-4 Advanced Airborne Command Post, also called "Nighthawk," 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. (Sorry, Melania, there's only room for Ivanka.)

The E-4 follows the President around and usually lands at a nearby military base in case it's needed.

When I was a KC-135 navigator and the E-4 would land at March AFB in Riverside, CA, while Air Force One was parked at LAX, electronic garage doors would suddenly start operating automatically. We were told it wasn't related to the fact the aircraft is packed with electronics.

We used to take our KC-135 tankers up and practice refueling the E-4. It is a monster aircraft when it's flying in formation 30 feet behind you.

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