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The U.S. Air Force's lone WC-135W Constant Phoenix "nuke sniffer" aircraft flew an unusual mission over the Baltic Sea today. This plane is typically used to collect air samples to monitor for spikes in radiation levels in the atmosphere, but can also be employed after nuclear weapon tests and atomic accidents to help glean more information about those events and track the potential spread of dangerous radioactive material.
Three European missions in 40 years The purpose of these various missions remains a mystery. The plane is believed to be tracking Russian activities in the region. The Kremlin is suspected of experimenting with a new generation of nuclear weapons on the shores of the White Sea.
However, the missions over the western Mediterranean raise more questions. There is no nuclear arsenal in this region.
The presence of a Constant Phoenix in Europe remains an event in itself. This type of aircraft had only been deployed – officially – twice before over Europe: at the time of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 and during a peak in radioactivity observed in several European countries in February 2017.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: butcherguy
The timing and location points to a Russian test of some kind. There would be other assets involved if they were actively looking for something.