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AFO In A Nuclear Attack  
User currently onlineA320ajm From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 547 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3310 times:

Hi everyone,
I have heard that Air Force One can survive the blast of a nuclear pulse. Is this true? I would be shocked if it is!  Wow! Anyway, if it is true, then could a normal 747 do the same. Any idea's???

Thanks
A320ajm


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User currently offlinePADSpot From Germany, joined Jan 2005, 1676 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3294 times:

Quoting A320ajm (Thread starter):
I have heard that Air Force One can survive the blast of a nuclear pulse. Is this true?

I cannot withstand the blast of a nuclear explosion, but it is protected to withstand the electro-magnetic pulse (EMP). A protection against the blast would certainly keep it from flying  Wink


User currently offlineZvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3294 times:

I think what you mean is that AF1 is EMP hardened. There is nothing special to protect it from blast effects. Anyway, blast pressure falls off with the cube of the distance, so one has to be rather close (perhaps about a kilometer) to suffer blast effects in an airliner.

User currently offlineN754PR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3279 times:

Air Force One is only the plane the President is in but I assume you mean the VC-25A's.

Anyway no idea but then again I'm sure they could waste Millions on trying to make it nuke proof.


User currently offlinePADSpot From Germany, joined Jan 2005, 1676 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3216 times:

Quoting Zvezda (Reply 2):
so one has to be rather close (perhaps about a kilometer) to suffer blast effects in an airliner.

Well, that depends on the explosive yield of nuclear explosion. A multi-megaton blast would be fatal over at least 10-15 kilometers ... and if it's not the blast that let the airplane to desintegrate in the air, it will be the heat radiation that kills it ... one way or another, it's a bad idea to be near a nuclear explosion in an airplane.


User currently offlineZvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3193 times:

Quoting PADSpot (Reply 4):
A multi-megaton blast would be fatal over at least 10-15 kilometers ... and if it's not the blast that let the airplane to desintegrate in the air, it will be the heat radiation that kills it ... one way or another, it's a bad idea to be near a nuclear explosion in an airplane.

The radiation might be lethal, but the blast from a 5 megaton detonation would be like light to medium chop at 10-15 kilometers. Depends a lot on altitude.


User currently offlineAirEMS From United States of America, joined May 2004, 684 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3113 times:

I hope we never find out if the plane can with stand any part of a nuclear blast

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-Carl



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User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12884 posts, RR: 46
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3090 times:
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If multi-megaton nukes are being thrown about, we all have a lot more to worry about than whether AF1 will still be flying. sarcastic 


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User currently offlineGeorgiaAME From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1000 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3062 times:

The electronics are hardened, we think. But really, nothing flies well in a nuclear blast, not even the 380.


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User currently offlineAirEMS From United States of America, joined May 2004, 684 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2900 times:

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 7):
If multi-megaton nukes are being thrown about, we all have a lot more to worry about than whether AF1 will still be flying.

Thats very true! You can also say that it may still be able to fly but will it have a place to land?

-Carl



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