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Bird struck 'doomsday' plane, causing millions in damage, Navy says

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WASHINGTON — The Navy's "doomsday" plane wasn't supposed to be on the ground in Maryland for long. Instead, the E-6B Mercury — a flying communications and command post designed to play a critical role during a nuclear war — should have briefly touched down before taking off again.

But as the hulking aircraft was attempting to perform the maneuver earlier this month at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, about 60 miles southeast of here, things didn't quite go according to plan. https://www.stripes.com/news/us/bird-struck-doomsday-plane-causing-millions-in-damage-navy-says-1.603582

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