Plane on Patrick AFB tarmac not Air Force One
Was that Air Force One on the Patrick Air Force Base tarmac? Residents often ask FLORIDA TODAY that question about the Boeing 747, which routinely is spotted at Patrick Air Force Base, prompting inquiries about whether the president was in town or had to make an emergency stopover in Brevard County.
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#1 Apr 28, 2011
It's an E4B. The Doomsday Plane. It's here from time to time. No idea why.
It ALWAYS has two engines running to be ready for Quik Alert takeoff and to keep the systems powered up..You'll here the engines humming when you drive past the base..
#2 Aug 1, 2011
The E-4B is designed to survive an EMP with systems intact, and has state-of-the-art direct fire countermeasures. The E-4B uses analog instruments because they are less susceptible to an EMP. The E-4B is capable of operating with a crew of 48 to 112 people, the largest crew of any aircraft in US Air Force history. With in-flight refueling it is capable of remaining airborne for a considerable period (limited only by consumption of the engines' lubricants). In a test flight for endurance, the aircraft remained airborne and fully operational for 35.4 hours. It takes two fully loaded KC-135 tankers to fully refuel an E-4B.
#3 Jul 4, 2012
Yep, saw it driving home from Cocoa Beach on Monday night. Was a little surprised, but I knew what it was from watching the History channel!:)
#5 Dec 11, 2013
Any plane Obama is on could be called the "Doomsday Plane"
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