America’s version of the ‘Doomsday’ aircraft is preparing for action as the so-called ‘Nightwatch’ was spotted circling the skies of Southern California.
Test pilots and personnel from the 418th Flight Test Squadron, out of Edwards Air Force Base, California, conducted aerial refuelling testing with a KC-46 Pegasus and an E-4B Nightwatch, out of Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska on 4 April.
The E-4B Nightwatch, an airborne command centre for the U.S. President in times of war, can be used as a flying command centre.
The aircraft serves as the National Airborne Operations Center and is a key component of the National Military Command System for the President, the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
In case of national emergency or destruction of ground command and control centres, the aircraft provides a highly survivable command, control and communications centre to direct U.S. forces, execute emergency war orders and coordinate actions by civil authorities. The conduct of E-4B operations encompasses all phases of the threat spectrum.
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