A320ajm
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AFO In A Nuclear Attack

Sun Oct 08, 2006 10:08 pm

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???

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RE: AFO In A Nuclear Attack

Sun Oct 08, 2006 10:13 pm

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
 
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RE: AFO In A Nuclear Attack

Sun Oct 08, 2006 10:13 pm

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.
 
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RE: AFO In A Nuclear Attack

Sun Oct 08, 2006 10:15 pm

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.
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RE: AFO In A Nuclear Attack

Sun Oct 08, 2006 10:37 pm

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.
 
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RE: AFO In A Nuclear Attack

Sun Oct 08, 2006 10:45 pm

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.
 
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RE: AFO In A Nuclear Attack

Sun Oct 08, 2006 11:39 pm

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

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RE: AFO In A Nuclear Attack

Sun Oct 08, 2006 11:48 pm

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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RE: AFO In A Nuclear Attack

Sun Oct 08, 2006 11:58 pm

The electronics are hardened, we think. But really, nothing flies well in a nuclear blast, not even the 380.
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RE: AFO In A Nuclear Attack

Mon Oct 09, 2006 3:08 am

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?

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