WC-135C "Constant Phoenix" deployed to Europe


Image Source : USAF

A United States Air Force, Boeing WC-135C "Constant Phoenix" has been deployed to the UK amidst reports of increased Iodine-131 levels in Europe.


On Friday February 17, 2017 at approximately 5:20 AM-PST a Boeing WC-135C "Constant Phoenix" Registration : 62-3582 departed Patrick AFB, FL using the Callsign "COBRA 55" then, later arrived at RAF Mildenhall, UK roughly 3:00 PM-PST the same day. The aircraft was fueled by a Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker Registration : 59-1523 using the callsign "STEEL 41", Aerial Refueling took place in the North-East portion of the United States and terminated approximately near Nova Scotia, Canada. The Boeing WC-135C is operated by the USAF's 45th Reconnaissance Squadron at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska and the KC-135R that provided refueling, was from the USAF's 171th Aerial Refueling Wing, Pennsylvania ANG at Pennsylvania International Airport ANG Base.

WC-135C Leaves Patrick AFB, FL
WC-135C Arrives at RAF Mildenhall, UK

The deployment comes after increased Iodine-131 levels have been discovered near Europe by officials. Iodine-131 is a "Radionuclide" with a Radioactive decay half-life of about 8 days and The levels found within the area haven't yet been deemed "Unsafe", but it is certainly enough to interest officials and the United States thus, sparking an investigation. According to a report from IRSN the levels were reportedly found in the second week of January 2017 in Norway, Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, France and Spain. Some suggest the increased levels are from a "Russian Nuclear Mishap" or a "Nuclear Warhead Test" but nothing can be said for sure, as there is no confirmation from officials that indeed Russia is behind the increased Iodine-131 levels.

Image Source : Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire

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