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Boeing 747 200 E4b
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The E-4B, a military version of the 747-200, is a four-engine, long-range, high-altitude aircraft. In case of national emergency, it provides a modern, highly survivable, command center from which to direct U.S. strategic forces. The main deck is divided into functional compartments including work areas, conference room, briefing room, operations and rest areas. The E-4B crew may include up to 114 people, including a flight crew and operations, maintenance, security and communications teams. The E-4B has enhanced nuclear, thermal and electromagnetic pulse protection and a wide variety of new communications and other technical systems. The E-4B evolved from the E-4A, which had been in service since late 1974. The first B model was delivered to the Air Force in January 1980. Conversion of three E-4 aircraft to B models was completed in March 1985. ACC provides air crew, maintenance, security and communications support. The Defense Department's Joint Staff controls E-4B operations and provides personnel for the airborne command center. To provide direct support to the national command authorities, at least one E-4B with a fully manned battle staff is always on alert at one of many selected bases throughout the world.
January 19th, 2013
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