Air International 2017-07
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D.Isby - E-6B Mercury: More than the Doomsday Plane /Military/
E-6B Mercury BuNo 164387 (c/n 24500) landing at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk. This image shows many of the antennas and communication system blisters fitted to the fuselage, wingtip and vertical fin HF probe antennas, and wingtip antenna fairings.
E-6B BuNo 163920 (c/n 23893) is assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 20 (VX-20) based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. This jet serves as Naval Air Systems Command’s test-bed to support the active-duty fleet based at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.
Each E-6B is fitted with an array of antennas along the top of the fuselage forward and aft of the dorsal radome, fitted during the Block I upgrade to house a suite of MILSTAR satellite communication antennas. Matthew Clement
Each E-6B is fitted with an array of antennas along the top of the fuselage forward and aft of the dorsal radome, fitted during the Block I upgrade to house a suite of MILSTAR satellite communication antennas.
An analysis engineer from the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron, monitors the status of a simulated Minuteman III missile aboard a E-6B Mercury during Glory Trip 220 on April 26, 2017.
A test conductor-airborne on the left and a deputy missile combat crew commander-airborne work through missile launch procedures on board a E-6B Mercury.
A deputy missile combat crew commander-airborne from the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron, goes through pre-launch procedures aboard a E-6B Mercury above the Pacific Ocean on April 25, 2017. The training was undertaken during an operational test launch event dubbed Glory Trip 220 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California used to verify, validate and improve the capability of America’s ICBM force.
Launch command of a simulated Minuteman III missile aboard a E-6B Mercury above the Pacific Ocean on April 25, 2017. The missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
A view of the new E-6B cockpit simulator developed by Northrop Grumman and Naval Air Systems Command.
An airman with the 625th Strategic Operations Squad­ron, reads a technical order booklet in front of the Airborne Launch Control System procedures trainer at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.