America’s ‘Doomsday’ nuclear command planes mobilized by Pentagon as Trump tests positive for Covid-19

AMERICA'S "doomsday" planes have been mobilized after commander-in-chief Donald Trump was struck down with Covid-19.

Two state-of-the-art E-6B Mercury jets – part of the nuclear command fleet – were launched shortly before the world was told the shocking news, say reports.

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They were initiating the “Take Charge and Move Out” (TACAMO) defense protocol – which triggers the communications teams needed to control the US's vast nuclear arsenal.

There has been no official comment about the sudden launches, however one E-6B was reportedlyspotted flying along the East Coast and another in the skies above Oregon.

The planes are scrambled by the Pentagon when it is deemed necessary to communicate with the military's nuclear missile subs, stealth bombers and missile silos.

They are part of Operation Looking Glass and are used to provide command and control of US nuclear forces if any ground-based command centers are either destroyed or inoperable.


In the event of a nuclear war, E-6Bs relay directions to bombers and boat crews to help target enemy cities and military bases with nuclear-tipped Trident submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

One of the jets -which have aerials five miles long which trail out of the rear – is often is in the air and it’s not unheard-of for two to be airborne at the same time.

However, observers say the timing of today’s twin sorties underscores the potential severity of the situation in the White House.

The sudden incapacitation of the President could be seen as an opportunity by potential enemies to take advantage of the situation, say reports.

Some observers said activating the planes shows the Pentagon wants rivals- like China and North Korea – to know that itsnuclear command system is intact, even if the commander-in-chief is sick.

The two E-6Bs appeared on flight tracking systems 30 minutes before Trump announced he was sick.

Boeing E-6B Mercury – the key stats

Here’s what you need to know…

  • Name: Boeing E-6 Mercury
  • Purpose: Airborne command post during nuclear war
  • Active since: July 1989
  • Nickname: "Deadliest plane you've never heard of"
  • Crew: 22
  • Length: 152 feet
  • Wingspan: 148 feet
  • Height: 42 feet
  • Max speed: 610mph
  • Range: 7,600 miles
  • Endurance: 10 hours 30 minutes without refuelling, 72 hours with multiple refuellings

“I would expect them to pop up if he tests positive,” US open-source intelligence hobbyist Tim Hogan tweeted with flight tracking maps identifying the flights.

“It’s the plane that has the ability to order the killing of everyone on earth if someone attacks the US with nukes in a first strike.

"It can talk to our missile subs underwater even if DC is gone.”

Last year it was reported how one of the planes – built to survive a nuclear war – was taken down by a bird.

A bird took out one of the plane's four engines during a test flight, causing millions of dollars in damages, according to the Navy Times.

The Naval Safety Center officially recorded the incident as a "Class-A mishap".

That means there were at least $2million (£1.55million) in damages to the aircraft.

 

 

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