A United States Air Force (USAF) WC-135W “Nuke Sniffer” is up in the air this morning over Kuwait.
The WC-135 Constant Phoenix is a special-purpose aircraft derived from the Boeing C-135 Stratolifter and used by the United States Air Force.
Its mission is to collect samples from the atmosphere for the purpose of detecting and identifying nuclear explosions.
It is also informally referred to as the “weather bird” or “the sniffer” by workers on the program and international media respectively.
Why this particular plane is in the air today in this particular region is troublesome.
This plane looks for violations of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. So who, in that area of the world, might be testing nukes . . . or getting ready to use one?