Doomsday USAF 747 CAIN11 was seen circling Fairbanks Alaska Airport and surrounding area yesterday for 2 hours accompanied by multiple fighter jets…
A “doomsday plane” conducting touch and go landings at Fairbanks International Airport caused a flurry of social media interest as the aircraft circled over Fairbanks Wednesday.
The Boeing 747 E-4B aircraft is built to withstand a nuclear attack and would serve as a hub for the president and other federal officials in the event of a nuclear war. The plane houses a 5,000-square-foot mobile office, secure conference room and media briefing room.
“This is an unofficial denomination of a class of aircraft which is used as an Airborne Command Post in an event of nuclear war, disaster or other large scale conflict that threatens key military and government infrastructure,” the Airport Police and Fire Department wrote on its Facebook page.
Fairbanks residents noticed the low-flying aircraft circling the airport and Chena Ridge about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Several witnesses initially believed that the aircraft was Air Force 2.
“It was right above my head, and I looked up and it said ‘United States Air Force’ and I’m going like, this looks like Air Force 2,” said Larry Baker, a resident of Chena Ridge who watched the plane circle his house more than four times midday Wednesday. “I think it’s kinda cool.”
The mission that Baker witnessed lasted more than a hour and half over his home, he said.
The aircraft departed Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage about 10:40 a.m. Wednesday and returned to the base at 2:20 p.m., according to tracking data from FlightAware.com.
The plane traveled from California to Hawaii on Sunday, then from Hawaii to Alaska early Tuesday morning, where it was spotted near Kodiak Island before arriving at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
President Biden is expected to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan on Friday, according to a White House news release. It is not known if the training is connected to the president’s travel plans.
A representative from Eielson Air Force Base said that the aircraft was not affiliated with the base. [NewsMiner]