US Deploys "Nuclear Sniffer" Plane To Japan As North Korea Tensions Come To A Boil

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As tensions over North Korea's nuclear program mount, the United States Air Force has deployed a WC-135 (a.k.a. the "Nuclear Sniffer"), an aircraft that specializes in detecting radioactive debris after the detonation of a nuclear device, to Okinawa, Japan to assist with monitoring for potential nuclear tests in the region.  The aircraft was deployed to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, as confirmed by the Nikkei media outlet reported based on talks with a senior Japan Self Defense Forces official.

According to The Aviationist, the WC-135 can be used to capture atmospheric samples and analyze the fallout residue in real-time to help confirm the characteristics of any nuclear warhead used.

Constant Phoenix flies in direct support of the U.S. Atomic Energy Detection System, a global network of nuclear detection sensors that monitor underground, underwater, space-based or atmospheric events. As the sole agency in the Department of Defense tasked with this mission, AFTAC’s role in nuclear event detection is critical to senior decision makers in the U.S. government, says the Air Force.


“Our aircraft is equipped with external flow devices that allow us to collect airborne particulate on filter paper and a compressor system for whole air samples,” said Tech. Sgt. Matthew Wilkens, a 9S100 and airborne operations section chief in a recent release. “The particulate samples are collected using a device that works like an old Wurlitzer jukebox. An arm grabs the paper from its slot and moves it to the exterior of the fuselage. After exposure, it is returned to the filter magazine where a new paper is selected for use. It’s a simple, yet very effective, concept.”


Effluent gasses are gathered by two scoops on the sides of the fuselage, which in turn trap fallout particles on filters. The mission crews have the ability to analyze the fallout residue in real-time, helping to confirm the presence of nuclear fallout and possibly determine the characteristics of the warhead involved.

The aircraft was supposed to arrive at its Forward Operating Base last month but it was forced to perform an emergency landing at Sultan Iskandar Muda airport in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, on its way to Japan, on Mar. 24, following an engine failure.

There are two WC-135 Constant Phoenix aircraft in service today which are operated by the 45th Reconnaissance Squadron from Offutt Air Force Base, with mission crews staffed by Detachment 1 from the Air Force Technical Applications Center.



Of course, this latest news follows an order revealed earlier this week from Pacific Command to turn the USS Carl Vinson strike group toward waters near the Korean peninsula for the second time in recent months, rather than onward to Australia for planned port visits.

Moreover, as we noted this morning, it also follows an unexpected call from Trump to Chinese President Xi this morning to discuss the rapidly developing situation on the peninsula. 

“China insists on realizing the denuclearization of the peninsula, insists on maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula, and advocates resolving the problem through peaceful means,” Xi was quoted as saying in the call according to Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said.


Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang, who said Trump had initiated the call, urged everyone to lower the tension. "We hope that the relevant parties do not adopt irresponsible actions. Under the current circumstances, this is very dangerous," Lu told reporters at a regular press briefing.  Kang also said Wednesday at a regular briefing in Beijing that it was a “good thing” that the two leaders were in touch again days after meeting in Florida.

Translation: Trump is strongly urged not to launch a unilateral strike on North Korea as he did on Syria without express Chinese prior approval.

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IridiumRebel's picture

We gotta nuke attitude.

FrozenGoodz's picture

Phew ... feeling safer already

NugginFuts's picture

It's all those depleted Uranium shells they're using over there.

Oh, wait.....

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I assume they will ignore that festering nuclear disaster called Fukushima when they take their readings?

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Donald Trump (not verified) Cognitive Dissonance Apr 12, 2017 8:13 AM

Here's a sniffer I wouldn't mind to monitor me.

Would be my pleasure.

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Too bad the nuclear midget is not a muslim, he would get 72 like this in the afterlife. 

robertsgt40's picture

I wonder if the sniffer plane can tell the difference between N Korea radiation and Fukushima?  What irony. 

StackShinyStuff's picture

I think we need a bullshit sniffer more than a nuke sniffer

NugginFuts's picture

in that case, it should circle DC

Jim in MN's picture

Pretty sure everyone will know where the NK nuke is when the time comes. 

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ZeroLounger's picture

"....72 like this......" she a Virginian?

pocomotion's picture

Don't know if she's selling shower curtains or green tea, but she needs to get out of that apartment and see the world or something.  Kinda looks like my daughter but she doesn't have tattoos that I know of.  hmmmm.  Bad Girl!

VD's picture

MANA = Make America NUKE Again

1980XLS's picture

Smell my Finger, Senator McShitstain.

king leon's picture

If the US want to find radiation then Japan is the place to be. They won't just sniff it they will fucking choke on it. 

Fake Trump's picture

Sniff the cunt of Ivanka, Hillary, Nikki and Pelosi you can find it.No need to go to Japan.

Bob Lidd's picture

I doubt any of them would pass the sniff test, normally Japanese ladies are very clean

& do as a matter of fact pass this time proven test.

king leon's picture

If the US want to find radiation then Japan is the place to be. They won't just sniff it they will fucking choke on it. 

Giant Meteor's picture

Roger that, commanded and piloted by Slim Pickens, a.k.a ,  .. Major Kong ..

Jack Offelday's picture

Maybe that sniffer plane should visit fukushima.

Giant Meteor's picture

You know, maybe that's it ...

EOL, some folks figured, hell, may as well go all in ...

JesusUp's picture

if that sniffer is a bloodhound no telling where it may end up

Giant Meteor's picture

I'm quite sure it's already pinging or bleeping, or whatever sound nuclear sniffers make . ..

Just hope it ain't blooping ..

Stan522's picture

They should instead deploy a plane that sniffs out fat Korean's....

Giant Meteor's picture

Or, "Jane Rottencrotch through her pretty pink panties .. "

RagaMuffin's picture

Don't worry it will pick-up Fukshima, they'll accuse NK

silverer's picture

The US is sinking fast. The rest of the world knows it. Expect desperate actions by the US as the US financial sectors starts their disintegration.

Fake Trump's picture

Soon the Chinese renminbi will replace the US$ as the world reserve currency. Game over for America. Don't blame the Chinese. Trump did it.

khnum's picture

me Tarzan Trump

me have aircraft carrier and submarines

me have very powerful submarines

me have cheetah as advisor


Arnold's picture

Still waiting for the results of its' northern Europe excursion.

LetThemEatRand's picture

How long before we hear Spicer say "even Hitler did not use nukes during WWII."

FrozenGoodz's picture

That clown should've been fired day 2

NugginFuts's picture

It's not too late. He could tell us a little more about Trump's plans to destabilize Syria first.

Giant Meteor's picture

OR, failing that, regail us about when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor ..

Giant Meteor's picture

I have to say, we won't hear that ...

Might get a bit of crackling on the ham radio,


GlassHouse101's picture

What's that mushroom cloud? I don't know, lets deploy the sniffer plane.

A. Boaty's picture

I sleep better knowing we have the sniffer plane on the job. I get the same level of comfort from knowing Manuel Noriega's still in jail.

Arrest Hillary's picture

Ole "Pineapple Face" (cara de pinya) .... I used to date a girl .... my friends nick named her "Crater Face" .... nice body, though, and she loved to fuck hard ?

Arrest Hillary's picture

Chernobyl = North Korea : There goes the milk supply, butter and cheese ?

TeaClipper's picture

With the American military propensity to create friendly fire incidents at the drop of a hat, and Fukushima leaking like an incontinent whore, what could possibly go wrong

Cautiously Pessimistic's picture

That 'ringing bell' and 'flashing red light' in the plane is going to burn out if they get within 250 miles of Fukushima.  That whole area is saturated with radiation, with no end in sight.

JesusUp's picture

U.S. concerned about an irradiated Japan

gougeonit's picture

Dont vector the plane anywere around fuckedupshima, the plane will explode!