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Why the Doomsday plane is in Europe with the President – inside the “flying Pentagon”

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It’s referred to as the “flying Pentagon”, but the United States’ nuclear proof airplane has been called into action as the President traveled to Europe.

The specially adapted Boeing 747 was designed during the Cold War as an aerial command post in case of a nuclear war.

If the President steps foot on this aircraft, chances are something big is happening.

Designed from the ground up when tensions were high between the United States and the Soviet Union. 

The Boeing 747 E4-B is fitted with nuclear and thermal shielding and is nicknamed both the Doomsday plane.

Officially called the Nightwatch, the aircraft has three decks and can hold a crew of 112 people and can fly for 12 hours without landing – but aerial refuelling means it can stay flying for days.

Its windows have wire-mesh to keep them in tact in the event of an outside explosion, and the wiring on board has been specially hardened.

While Air Force One has been designed for luxury and expressing soft power as the President travels the world, the Nightwatch is functional and designed for military use.

Inside it has 18 bunks, six bathrooms, a conference room and executive quarters.

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An E-4B aircraft sits on the tarmac at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., Sep. 11, 2017. The E-4B participated in a flyover at the California Capital Airshow. (U.S. Air Force photo by Louis Briscese)

The bubble on top os called a ray dome and contains dozens of communications satellite dishes – putting the President in touch with any US ship, submarine or aircraft in the world.

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The Nightwatch has recently been spotted flying over Ireland, keeping a close eye on the President as he travelled to Europe.

This comes as Russian state TV warns any NATO intervention, even sending in peacekeepers to Ukraine, could be met with a nuclear response.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had previously placed his nuclear resources on full alert in an attempt to scare off the west from action.

All that puts the Nightwatch front and centre of the US military plans.

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Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Esports officially recognised by Olympic officials as they aim to “keep up with digital age”

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Saudi Arabia will host the first official Olympic Esports Games in 2025, in a bid to “keep up with digital age”.

The decision comes amidst growing global interest in esports and the influence and cultural impact of gaming in the digital era.

The event aims to showcase top esports talent and foster international unity through competitive gaming on a global stage.

Emily Leaney discusses all the latest.

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Recent EV study reveals the greatest adoption hurdle: safety

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A recent survey conducted by the National Roads and Motorists’ Association (NRMA) in New South Wales has shed light on a significant trend among EV adoption: safety.

The survey highlights that while environmental benefits and potential long-term cost savings are acknowledged, 1 in 5 believe that safety concerns are overriding these factors for many potential buyers.

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NASA astronauts phone home, confident Boeing’s Starliner will return to Earth safely

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Stranded NASA astronauts express confidence in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, assuring its capability to safely transport them back to Earth from the International Space Station.

The astronauts, over a video call to NASA, highlighted Starliner’s enhanced safety features and testing protocols as reassuring factors for their safe return.

“I have a real good feeling in my heart that this spacecraft will bring us home, no problem…”, said Sunita “Suni” Williams, one of the stranded NASA astronauts.

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