A Single Bird Takes Down the U.S. Navy's 'Doomsday' Plane
Built for nuclear war, but not random bird strikes. Base on Boeing 707-320
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October 24, 2019 - by Kyle Mizokami for popularmechanics.com
- The E-6B Mercury is designed to act as a communications relay in a nuclear war.
- Only a handful of E-6Bs were ever built.
- A bird strike disabled the engine on one of the planes, crippling it and forcing a landing.
A E-6B Mercury airborne communications aircraft was forced to land after a bird was sucked into an engine, destroying it.
The E-6B (Boeing 707-320) is designed to act as an important communications relay during a nuclear war, ensuring that the President of the United States can send orders to the nuclear triad, including launch orders.
The incident took place earlier this month at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Virginia.
According to Navy Times, the aircraft was performing touch and go landings when one of its four engines ingested a bird, destroying it. The E-6B was able to make an emergency landing at the air station. None of the crew were harmed in the incident.
The incident was...
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