The Air Force in January 2010 is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the first E-4 National Airborne Operations Center aircraft going on alert, service officials announced Jan. 26, 2010. The Air Force currently operates four E-4Bs, one of which is always on alert status, that are assigned to the 55th Wing at Offutt AFB, Neb. These aircraft, a militarized version of the Boeing 747-200, serve as command, control, and communications platforms for the President, Defense Secretary, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during major crises. Here, an E-4B sits at the international airport in Bogota, Colombia, during Defense Secretary Robert Gates' visit to the South American nation, Oct. 3, 2007.
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