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Image 6 - Airborne Command Post - "An airborne command post, capable of directing [SAC's] global armada of war planes and missiles is now operational. Five specially equipped Boeing KC-135 jet tankers, in the event SAC's underground battle headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, becomes inoperative due to bombing, can immediately communicate with any agency, commander, country or bomber in the world - and direct combat activities. Each of the five Stratotankers, which were converted for airborne command purposes, will have a control team headed by a general officer, four officers, three airmen, and crew. One aerial battle headquarters aircraft, which flies within radar range of Offutt, is on fifteen-minute alert basis, 24 hours a day." Photo taken circa early 1961. (Box 295)

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