A plane specifically modified to collect dangerous atmospheric samples, the WC-135 Constant Phoenix, flew out of RAF Mildenhall on a mission to find evidence of an explosion or nuclear activity, according to credible sources.
More interesting is the fact that this plane has specialist equipment on board that enables the crew to detect radioactive debris clouds in real-time. These planes were used in Chernobyl, and as recently as 6 years ago in Japan. They have the unique ability to collect particles and chemical substances in the atmosphere, days, weeks and even months after they were initially dispersed.
Why is this relevant? Well, a cloud like that was believed to be heading towards northern Europe and into the Barents Sea in mid-February.
People around the world have been on high-alert regarding Russia, especially regarding their nuclear power. After a spike in radioactivity was pinpointed east of, or in, the Arctic. This activity has been corroborated by major world players such as Norway, Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, France and Spain.
There remains a chance that this radioactivity may also have also come from an Iodine plant.
The reasoning behind this mission remains undisclosed by the British government.
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