What is the Doomsday Plane and why is it in operation?

When the US B-29 bomber the Enola Gay used the first nuclear weapon on 6 August 1945, dropping the ‘Little Boy’ on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, humanity entered a new era.

One in which countries worldwide wanted to have a nuclear threat in their arsenal.

Since then, two things have become clear. Firstly, that it’s very unlikely we’ll see a Third World War.

And secondly, that if a global conflict did break out, nuclear arms would make it the shortest and most destructive in history.

 A “war at the speed of light”, as Michael Crichton described it in his novel Congo.

A war in which the use of nuclear weapons a thousand times stronger than the two atomic bombs .....

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