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What is a Doomsday Plane? It’s a class of aircraft the United States uses as an Airborne Command Post in an event of nuclear war, disaster or other large scale conflict that threatens key military and government infrastructure. In other words, these are flying war rooms staffed by dozens of military analysts, strategists and communication aides who would guide the president through the first days of a nuclear war. Read more for an inside look at the E-4B “Nightwatch”.
The Boeing E-4 is an Advanced Airborne Command Post that you might have not known existed, also known as “Nightwatch”, and is a strategic command and control military aircraft operated by the United States Air Force. It’s based on a modified Boeing 747-200B for the National Emergency Airborne Command Post (NEACP) program and 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.