Find out why you never hear about the Doomsday plane, which follows Air Force One everywhere it goes…
1. Follow Me
2. Right Behind You
3. Too Close For Comfort
4. Plane Truth
5. Special Treatment
6. Stand-By For Disaster
7. In Plane Sight
8. Flying Below The Radar
The planes have unique equipment that allows them to communicate with anyone from anywhere in the world, making them the ideal get away vehicle in the event of a true disaster.
9. Inside And Out
10. Flying Low
11. Running Wild
12. Over Seas Visits
13. Constant Communication
14. Remarkable History
15. Flying Forever
In 2006, the purpose of the planes were discussed and their retirement was scheduled for 2009. Instead, the planes have never been retired and still operate business as usual!
16. Cost Of Flying
The fleet has an estimated roll-out cost of around $250 million each. In 2005, the Air Force awarded Boeing with a 5 year contract costing $2 billion, to continue to upgrade the fleet. In addition to this, the planes cost an eye watering $160,000 per hour for the Air Force to operate.
17. Hidden From Sight
The ‘Doomsday plane’ will always land at a different airport to that of Air Force One, for the clear reason that if one is destroyed the other will be intact. This is why you never see it in any pictures of the president disembarking from Air Force One.
18. Out With The Old
As soon as the president steps foot on to the Doomsday plane, it becomes the new Air Force One, meaning that is has priority over all other air traffic.
19. Top Secret
Due to the nature of the plane, the U.S government never mention its existence for the concern that it may become a target for malicious intent.
20. Action Shot
The plane was reportedly last called into action on September 11, 2001, when America was bombarded by hijacked planes. Many saw what they thought to be the plane circling the sky above Washington D.C on that fateful day.
21. Deny All
The government have yet to confirm that the plane was circulating the air around Washington D.C on September 11. The plane was seen in the morning around the time the twin towers were struck, but before the Pentagon was hit.
22. Conspiracy Time
Conspirators have long seen this as evidence that the doomsday plane was in effect a command center for the 9/11 attacks, which they consider an inside job.
23. Where Was It?
There is no mention of the doomsday plane’s deployment that day in the official report of the 9/11 Commission, an omission which has fueled such conspiracies.
24. Secret Is Not So Safe
The more reasonable assumption as to why the planes existence has never been admitted is likely down to the simple fact that the U.S government hides its existence, and nothing more than that.
25. What Could It Be?
The Doomsday plane certainly does look very much like the one spotted circling Washington D.C. on that fateful day. However, could it simply be that the plane was swooping in ready to collect the president and take him away to safety?
26. Up In The Air
The aircraft, which is usually deployed in the event of a nuclear attack was spotted in the skies on November 20, 2016. The sighting sent conspiracy theorists into a frenzy…
27. Flying High
The plane took off from San Diego and headed towards the Pacific Ocean before turning around to circle over Denver in Colorado for an hour. People were concerned about the sighting…
28. Is It A Bird? Is It A Plane?
The £100 million aircraft then landed in Oklahoma several hours later. During its flight, many officials at air force bases claimed the aircraft never checked in with their traffic control towers. Why was it such a secret?!
29. Who? What? Why?
One skywatcher in Colorado tweeted: “Why is such a large MILITARY plane flying over the US & no one seems to know who or what it was doing?”
30. Speculation Flight
Users on Twitter speculated that the plane’s flight could have been a show of strength to Russia or even a response to the election of President-elect Donald Trump.