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Boeing E-4B National Airborne Operations Center

20 June 2016

There are four Boeing E-4B aircraft (there have been a handful of names but none easily memorable) flying by the USAF—of course, with the President aboard its call sign becomes Air Force One. They primarily exist as superb self contained communications aircraft from which U.S. can wage nuclear war but are useful in many other missions. The aircraft is equipped for communications with satellites to submarines and can be provisioned for two weeks and can refuel while aloft. At times one of the aircraft are assigned to missions to the Secretary of Defense when traveling abroad as well as to catastrophe emergencies.

An Air Force E-4B National Airborne Operations Center aircraft sits at the international airport in Bogota,Colombia Oct. 3, waiting for Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates. U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison)

An Air Force E-4B National Airborne Operations Center aircraft sitting at Bogata’s International Airport waiting for Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates—U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt Jerry Morrison

The E-4B is the National Airborne Operations Center, based at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., supports the president, secretary of defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The alert crew comprises 21 joint-service battle staff members along with an Air Force aircrew, maintenance, security and communications personnel. The aircraft passed a significant milestone this month by sitting alert constantly for more than 35 years. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lance Cheung)

The E-4B’s primary mission is to be the National Airborne Operations Center and supports the president, the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with an alert crew of 21 joint-service battle staff members along with the aircrafts flight as well as maintenance crew. The aircraft type passed a significant milestone by sitting alert constantly for more than 35 years—U.S. Air Force photo by Lance Cheung

160415-D-DT527-102 MANILA, Philippines (April 15, 2016)An E4-B aircraft sits on the ramp of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines as Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Ash Carter and Philippine Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin return after touring the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) as it sails the South China Sea April 15, 2016. Carter is visiting the Philippines to solidify the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz/Released)

An E-4B aircraft sitting on the ramp of Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila as Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Philippine Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin return after touring the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)—U.S. Air Force photo by Sr Master Sgt Adrian Cadiz

 

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  1. shortfinals permalink
    20 June 2016 11:45

    Hi Joe,

    Thanks for the post on the E-4 – fascinating!

    You perhaps might want to snag the typo…see below

    “…and can refuse while aloft”

    I hate auto-correct!

    Cheers

    Ross

    On Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 1:02 AM, Travel for Aircraft wrote:

    > travelforaircraft posted: “There are four Boeing E-4B aircraft (there have > been a handful of names but none easily memorable) flying by the USAF—of > course, with the President aboard its call sign becomes Air Force One. They > primarily exist as superb self contained communications ai” >

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