One of the Navy's 'doomsday' planes was grounded after hitting a bird

Business Insider | 11/15/2015 | Courtney Mabeus
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A Navy E-6B Mercury aircraft, nicknamed the "doomsday" plane, was grounded after striking a bird this month.

The E-6B is an airborne command and control post that connects nuclear weapons aboard submarines and Air Force strategic bombers and ICBM crews to the president and defense secretary.

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A Navy doomsday aircraft was temporarily grounded after it struck a bird during a touch and go landing earlier this month, Navy officials said.

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The E-6B Mercury aircraft, assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 20 at Maryland-based Naval Air Station Patuxent River, suffered at least $2 million in damages after it sucked a bird into one of its four engines during the October 2 landing.

A test and evaluation team was aboard at the time conducting a system test, Tim Boulay, a spokesman for Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division said. No one on the aircraft was injured. It's unclear what species of bird was involved.

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