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The last time the Russian "Doomsday Plane" was seen in the air, was on March 31, just days after the formerly Ukrainian region was annexed by the Kremlin. Until today, when over the past 4 hours, the Tu-214 has been ominously circling in position just shy of Finland and the Baltics, where as it is known, NATO has been depositing hundreds of western soldiers in a "defensive" build up.
America isn't the only superpower with a "Doomsday Plane" for its head of state. When Russian President Vladimir Putin needs to escape danger, he hops aboard this top-secret flying communications center.
A special missions variant of the Tupolev Tu-214 commercial transport aircraft, the Tu-214SR is Russia's answer to the US E-4B, an airborne command and control plane built specifically for the Russian president's use and considered successor to the Ilyushin Il-20 Coot, which has been in service for the better part of four decades. Produced by Aviastar SP and Kazan Aircraft Production Association, the twin-engine, long-endurance jet can carry 62 passengers with comparable range and speed to a Boeing 757. But unlike the Boeing, the Tu-214SR is packed to the gills with cutting-edge sensor and communications equipment.
The two such 214SRs entered service in 2008 with the Presidential Special Applications Squad and are operated by a crew of four. However, the plane was only declassified last year when it made its public debut at the Moscow Air Show. Since then, it's been spotted in the skies above both the Sochi Olympics, and more recently—and ominously—in Crimea.
originally posted by: RP2SticksOfDynamite
This was always going to happen!
The trillion dollar question is what will Nato and US do??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Do they have a choice!
VERY INTERESTING. Lets hope its not a precursor to action but it probably is. (obama) feels he is untouchable. So what if world opinion on him sucks, he has a strong death grip on his power in (America) an cares less what the rest of us think. - See more at: www.abovetopsecret.com...
-- Dr. Stangelove
Of course, the whole point of a Doomsday Machine is lost, if you keep it a secret! Why didn't you tell the world, eh?
While stocks have been fading every bounce so far - and credit markets are particularly weak - it seems the following headline sparked the most recent wave of selling:
*UKRAINE HAS INFORMATION THAT IT IS 'IN DANGER', LUBKIVSKY SAYS
*LUBKIVSKY SAYS INVASION IS POSSIBLE 'AT ANY MOMENT'
The Russell is the worst on the day but the Nasdaq is now at the day's lows, and all are negative for the week and April.
Credit leading the way...
originally posted by: Wookiep
Interesting development, thanks for sharing. If we go based on the last date the doomsday plane seen was the day before the Crimea invasion, then I guess it's safe to speculate that we are now a day away from Russia invading the southern and eastern parts of Ukraine. Who knows, but things keep seeming to heat up rather than cool down..