Flight of 2 Boeing E-6B Mercurys prompts online speculation

Planespotters on social media reported that one Boeing E-6B Mercury was flying off the East Coast of the U.S. and another above Oregon

A pair of Boeing E-6B Mercury planes were detected flying along both coasts of the U.S. mainland early Friday by aviation enthusiasts — just around the time President Trump announced he and first lady Melania Trump were diagnosed with coronavirus.

The Pentagon and U.S. Strategic Command did not immediately respond to calls and an email from Fox News seeking confirmation but eagle-eyed trackers on social media reported that one Boeing E-6B Mercury was flying along the East Coast and another was spotted in the air above Oregon.

The E-6 is used by the government to convey instructions to the fleet of ballistic submarines the U.S. has in waters around the world. The vessels can deploy nuclear-tipped Trident submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs).

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