• Navy 'Doomsday' plane built
to withstand nuclear attack
grounded after striking
single bird
Jessica Schladebeck
New York Daily News
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    • To be fair a bird is not a nuclear weapon.
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    • grOunDeD afTeR sTrIkiNg SinGle BiRD. Stfu it’s for maintenance you’d want the doomsday plane to be in the best condition possible so they repair where it hit. Fuck you and your sensationalism title
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    • Anyone who knows anything about airplanes knows that birds are the spawn of satan. Bullet holes? No problem. 20mm cannons? Depends where ya put em. Heat sealing missiles? Meet mr flare. But birds have no mercy
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    • it hit the glass and neither pilot could see
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    • It's not supposed to be able to take a nuke to the face, it's designed to establish communication throughout the US if there were to be a nuclear attack, man I just love the media
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    • Being a maintainer on jets, specifically engines, bird strikes can be catastrophic to an engines blades. Imagine tossing a small pebble into a fan thats spinning at 13000 rpm, youre going to break something. Just so others can understand
      JHD94 2 jul
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    • Well it hasn’t fallen to a nuke yet so it’s still doing it’s job
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    • Looks like some well placed paintballs would do them in
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    • This is enemy territory. Those are enemy birds
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      TWM249 2 jul
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    • I work on these engines at Tinker Air Force Bass OKC. I can tell you any bird strike can cause total engine loss. So to be safe yes the fucking landed the plane.
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    • What do you think happens when a bird going at high speeds in one direction with high inertia, and a massive metal plane is going in the other direction with massive inertia? Splat. A plane could get dented, an engine could be broken, you name it! At such high speeds, destruction is certain.
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    • Youre stupid if you believe this there are no birds those were enemy spy drones birds dont exist also they’re putting chemicals in the water turning frogs gay
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    • Lol just put a lid on the engine hole
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    • 1 like= literally nothing. You fucks will like and I will laugh *maybe*
      Rextat 2 jul
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    • I didn't do research into this but thr journalist is probably a retard. No planes can "withstand" a nuclear attack, but I think it was designed to fly for 1 week with like 200-300 people on board in the event of a nuclear strike, so the chain of command isn't broken
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    • The birb
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    • When I see this in featured and collective in the same 10 minutes
      guap 2 jul
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    • Nuclear EMPs and pressure vacuums are different beasts than a FODed out engine. Especially with jet engines
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    • Bird: FOR THE MOTHERLAND
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    • Well yea a bulletproof vest can't stop a knife
      kanep0e 2 jul
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    • I work on the E4, the older brother of this plane with downs, and a few weeks ago we had to ground the plane because a bird strike ripped a whole ass 30ft flap off. THE WHOLE FLAP. I've also found birds completely impailed on the pit probes, funny as fuck till you realize you have to replace it
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    • I just wanna say. Titanic.
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    • All those wires must have gotten entangled in the turbine
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    • Good enough for the death Star good enough for this thing.
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    • Aight guys we're good in a nuke is dropped, just stay the fuck away from geese, those fuckers will drop us like a white girls panties at a yelawolf concert
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    • Woah woah woah woah. Why was the doomsday plane flying?
      Plado 2 jul
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    • Why was it flying???
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    • That bird had creative mode on. The airplane never stood a chance
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    • So you're saying birds are more OP than nukes
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    • It would've survived a married bird.
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    • I was sitting observer seat on AWACS when we took a bird to the far left cockpit window. Scared the shit out of me.
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    • Pathetic
      4Pep 2 jul
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    • The bird was just a drone sent by another countries government to force the plane into having to land.
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    • I miss AirplaneFriend
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    • Where is airplane dude at?
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    • Quack quack mother ducker
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    • Is that the Bus from agents of shield
      Kirbgeta 4 jul
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    • So what if they put a like a mesh cover over the turbines so that there is still airflow but birds can’t get in
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    • It’s the daily news, I’m sure they praise osama as a martyr
      Nfruits 2 jul
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    • It’s the Titanic all over again
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    • Autauga 2 jul
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    • Ew. A goose. Ducks are better.
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    • Withstand nuclear attack pshhhhh...
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    • MudkipFact! This is why you should stay in the water, like Mudkip!
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    • Its almost like serious bird strikes haven’t caused one of the most famous crash landings in history
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    • So they have doomsday stuff for government operatives, but not for the people?
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    • Anyone know if the bird is okay?
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    • HONK HONK AM GOOSE
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    • A Kevlar vest can withstand a bullet and not a knife
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    • Ha nice fuckin losers
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    • we went over this meme like a year ago I don't want to see all the retarded comments again
      kstove96 5 jul
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    • This is a surveliance plane.
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    • Imagine flying a cub or sesena at low altitude in the countryside on the 4th
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    • Birds in the airplane world are like pebbles in the skating world
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    • lemme fix your wording, "bird struck plane"
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    • I'm a maintainer for planes, bird strikes happen all the time and require a bunch of maintenance and special inspections
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    • Air Titanic
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    • It doesn’t survive a nuclear blast. If we are attacked it gets the president and military high command and just flies around above the country for as long as it needs to
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    • What a waste of money. We don’t need a doomsday plane
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    • Yes because they'll have to do some minor maintenance????
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    • Bro just put barbed wire in front of the engines tf
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    • @AirplaneFriend
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    • A liquified bird and a FODed our engine. That’s a 12 hour day.
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    • Then why are all 4 reverse thrusters running...?
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    • Hjonking begins
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    • Just because it CAN keep flying in an emergency, doesn't mean it should normally.
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    • I hate flying near birds. Too unpredictable. And I don’t have four jet engines, I got one prop and a plexiglass windscreen.
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    • Fucking pathetic
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    • It is supposed to defend against nukes, not dinosaurs
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    • I'm no professional or anything on planes but literally says it was meant to withstand a nuclear explosion not a bird so yeah
      Hentaio 4 jul
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    • Those jets are a piece of shit
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    • It's because its mandatory for any plane to be grounded and inspected after a bird strike even if it happens multiple times and tests show all green still cant risk lives over that stuff.
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    • That bird can now say he took down a nuclear proof plane
      _frosty_ 4 jul
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    • It did not take down the plane, just one of the engines. Which is no need for alarm as they can still fly on three engines
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    • How can they re engine there old 707s but cant reengine the b52?
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    • Damm that goose!
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    • Send in the ducks!!
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    • Having a bird strike your engine mid flight may as well be like a large caliber bullet hitting the engine while it’s stationary. It’s gonna fuck shit up.
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    • "Grounded"
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    • 4 billion cubic kilometers of open air and birds choose to fly into a fucking engine
      Spillzuh 3 jul
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    • This doesn’t make the plane worthless? Bird strikes can ground pretty much any aircraft, either through engine failure or a cockpit breach.
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    • Bird: you're grounded mister!
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    • It’s built to survive fallout, not a direct impact.
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    • There's a difference between grounded and unflyable. A Cessna with a dead tail light is legally grounded but it can still fly
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    • Birds dead af tho
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    • Birds are stronger than a nuclear bomb confirmed
      Noble271 3 jul
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    • Maybe if the doomsday plane has been grounded, people will see that peace is the only option
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    • I'll bet you any amount of money that the bird was wearing a cape
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    • NOT THE NAVY
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    • The electronics are protected to withstand the emp produced. Thats the difference
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    • God I fucking hate birds. Anytime a bird hits one of our planes we have to go out and scoop up whatever’s left of it off the plane and put it into a bag. Apparently it gets shipped to the Smithsonian so they can check it’s DNA to determine the species of bird so they can monitor migration patterns.
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    • Why is media like this we all know what it's really for they act were so stupid we thought it was actually a flying nuclear bunker
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    • I think that that plane is supposed to be airborne all the time just in case something happens the us can still live on. Some kind of fallout type beat. Don’t count on me I might be thinking of something else
      Crowguy 3 jul
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    • Can’t risk the whole plane just because you over estimate a duck. So you land fast and fix it
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