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Rep. Don Bacon wants to bring 24/7 'Looking Glass' back to Offutt

Back in the Cold War years, the Soviet nuclear threat compelled the Strategic Air Command to keep an EC-135 command-post plane airborne continuously — for 29 years.

SAC called the plane “Looking Glass,” because its communications systems mirrored the ones on the ground at SAC’s Offutt Air Force Base headquarters. A general officer on board could launch nuclear weapons even if the Pentagon, the White House and SAC had all been incinerated in a Russian first strike.