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Here's Why An E-6B Doomsday Plane Was Flying Tight Circles Off The Jersey Shore Today
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Posted on 12/13/2019 6:26:40 PM PST by ameribbean expat

Not only were they among the last Boeing 707 derivatives ever built, but they are also packed full of EMP hardened systems and highly skilled crews that would literally hold the world as we know it in their hands during a major crisis. Although advanced and highly secure satellite communications and line-of-sight data-links are critical parts of their capability set, a far more cumbersome system is used to talk to ballistic missile submarines hiding deep below the waves. The deployment of this fascinating capability was caught today by a plane tracker that was monitoring an E-6B operating off the coast of New Jersey.

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The E-6B's primary VLF antenna is just over five miles long. It also has a shorter one that is deployed via a trapdoor arrangement in its tail. The VLF antennas are stabilized with a drogue on its trailing end. The idea is to get the antennas as close to vertical as possible for maximum transmission effectiveness. This is done by putting the aircraft into a very steep and tight banking turn at slow speed and above 20,000 feet, not far above the aircraft's stall speed. These turns are repeated, oftentimes for hours at a time, as messages are sent.

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A submarine trails its own long VLF antenna to receive the transmission. If the submarine is too deep to receive the signal, the VLF antenna can be floated to a shallower depth via a buoy while the submarine remains underway at greater depth.

This maneuver is precisely what was spotted today by one eagle-eyed aircraft tracker and open-source intelligence enthusiast, @vcdgf555. An E-6B was operating off the northeastern coast of the U.S., hundreds of miles out to sea, and executing a VLF communications deployment maneuver.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: 201912; 20191213; aviation; e6b; navy; submarine; usn; vlf
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1 posted on 12/13/2019 6:26:40 PM PST by ameribbean expat
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To: ameribbean expat

When I read the title I was thinking EA6B Prowler.

The pic at the link confused me for a bit.


2 posted on 12/13/2019 6:30:30 PM PST by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: ameribbean expat

Fascinating! Thanks for posting.


3 posted on 12/13/2019 6:30:51 PM PST by Blurb2350
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To: Grimmy

Me, too.
Showing some of my age, I guess


4 posted on 12/13/2019 6:41:47 PM PST by Oscar in Batangas (January 20, 2017, High Noon. The end of an error.)
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To: Grimmy

Me too.


5 posted on 12/13/2019 6:47:06 PM PST by rlmorel (Finding middle ground with tyranny or evil makes you either a tyrant or evil. Often both.)
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To: ameribbean expat

Thanks


6 posted on 12/13/2019 6:54:53 PM PST by novemberslady
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To: ameribbean expat

Loose lips sink submarines.


7 posted on 12/13/2019 6:56:14 PM PST by CivilWarBrewing (Get off my back for my usage of CAPS, especially you snowflake males! MAN UP!)
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To: ameribbean expat

Got 3k hours doing that mission. Great platform, had a tshirt with a mushroom cloud in the background with ..Now it’s Miller Time!


8 posted on 12/13/2019 6:58:25 PM PST by Keyga8tor
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To: ameribbean expat

I helped build the E-6 Navy version!


9 posted on 12/13/2019 6:59:28 PM PST by tallyhoe
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To: ameribbean expat

Message: POTUS impeached by committee.


10 posted on 12/13/2019 6:59:45 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: ameribbean expat

Ha! I’ve never wondered hoe the VLF signals were sent.
Quite a production.


11 posted on 12/13/2019 7:00:08 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts (M / F) : Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat/RINO Party!)
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To: Grimmy
My first thoughts, too. Not this EA-6B:
12 posted on 12/13/2019 7:00:58 PM PST by Perseverando (Liberals, Progressives, Islamonazis, Statists, Commies, DemoKKKrats: It's a Godlessness disorder.)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

Good point.

I am American, and there is nothing about me, which is threatening.

I’ve never even been in the military.

But I am in Thank Pho Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), and I had never heard about that. And there are certainly people out here, with rather more anti-American motivations than me.

So that is a very good point.

:)


13 posted on 12/13/2019 7:16:18 PM PST by cba123 ( Toi la nguoi My. Toi bay gio o Viet Nam.)
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To: ameribbean expat

Are you telling me the VLF transmissions aren’t circularly polarized?


14 posted on 12/13/2019 7:21:02 PM PST by steve86 (Prophecies of Maelmhaedhoc O'Morgair (Latin form: Malachy))
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To: ameribbean expat

Didn’t the obungholers in the defense department convert the plane’s mission to great-white tracking? /s


15 posted on 12/13/2019 7:27:58 PM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is Sam Adams now that we desperately need him)
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Nah, they decided to track all the whites, not just the great ones. :O


16 posted on 12/13/2019 7:39:02 PM PST by The Duke (President Trump = America's Last, Best Chance)
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To: Perseverando

We’re goin’ downtown, Jake,


17 posted on 12/13/2019 7:47:25 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: ameribbean expat

Gee, when I flew with VQ-3 we were not “known” as the doomsday plane.

But we were.

Then we were just known as the Iron Men.


18 posted on 12/13/2019 7:54:19 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Keyga8tor

You flew with VQ-3?

I did.

Long ago.

EC-130Q


19 posted on 12/13/2019 8:02:11 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: steve86

“Are you telling me the VLF transmissions aren’t circularly polarized?”

Vertical if TACAMO.

For shore stations like Jim Creek in Washington, they appeared to me to be horizontally polarized with and entire mountain of 4in copper cable as the ground field.

Hell, the primary amp tube was 30ft tall copper dome.


20 posted on 12/13/2019 8:07:49 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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