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| Secrets of 'Doomsday Plane' Revealed by US Air Force
One of the planes from the so-called "doomsday" fleet will temporarily become a "National Airborne Operations Centre" if a nuclear war erupts and US military command needs to sustain and control all operations worldwide while avoiding the aftermath of a nuclear weapons strike. Acting US Secretary of Defence Patrick Shanahan recently embarked on a week-long trip across Asia, aiming to visit Indonesia, Singapore, South Korea and Japan. However, even during his trip he can't lose touch with US forces on the ground, in the air, or at sea so he travels aboard an aircraft, capable of providing him with all the necessary data and tools – the famous Boeing E-4B "Nightwatch", also dubbed a "doomsday plane". "It's great, but they keep giving me more work. The work never stops", Shanahan joked in an interview with CNBC. There is a reason for such a nickname - E-4B is "like a backup Pentagon" in case nuclear war breaks out, one of the plane's crew members told the TV channel and added that at