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Background: In that unhappy event, the general in the plane would become the supreme commander. The circling plane is supposed to be reasonably immune to a nuclear attack.
The planes have fifteen tons of communications equipment in them plus a variety of secret devices. The Air Force says the equipment is coded to prevent any possibility of an accidental nuclear war.
On the fourth anniversary of this program, the Air Force put one of the planes on display at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington and let reporters in to take pictures. The pictures don't show much.