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After six months the test was deemed a success, hailed by CINCSAC General Thomas S. Power as 'conclusive proof" of the effectiveness of an airborne command post, and a decision was made to expand the program. Additional KC-135As were converted into airborne command posts for use as back-ups to the primary airborne command post.

In Jan of 1960, President Kennedy directed that one of SAC's new airborne command posts to be airborne at all times, and, on 3rd February 1961, the KC-135 airborne command post began continuous airborne operations, with additional back-up airplanes on 15-minute ground alert. The KC-135 airborne command post sortie - dubbed the "Looking Glass" - was airborne safely and continuously from 3rd February 1961, to 24th July 1990.


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