On February 3, 1961 the U.S. Air Force's Strategic Air Command launched Operation Looking Glass. The mission was to provide a 24-7 airborne command and control center for U.S. nuclear forces. The “airborne emergency actions officer” (AEAO), had authority to act for and on behalf of the commander in chief in any confirmed wartime emergency, including implementation of nuclear command and control procedures, should command authority become incapacitated. Looking Glass aircraft were airborne 24 hours a day for over 29 years, until the mission was redefined in July 24, 1990. About this photo: Operation Looking Glass crew celebrating the mission's twentieth anniversary on February 3, 1981 at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.  Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force / Library of Congress

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