Daily Mail: US 'nuclear sniffer' plane flies to Norway - where radiation particles spreading across Europe were first detected - as mystery still surrounds the source
* WC-135 Constant Phoenix was deployed to RAF Mildenhall in Britain last week
* Plane detects radiation from explosion in the air, used after Chernobyl disaster
* Comes after spike in the levels of radioactive Iodine-131 in Europe was detected
* Radioactive particles have moved from Eastern Europe towards the UK
A US Air Force 'sniffer' plane which took off from Sussex today was on a mission to find evidence of nuclear activity or explosion, according to strong rumours.
The WC-135 Constant Phoenix, which is specially modified to collect atmospheric samples, flew out of RAF Mildenhall on operational sorties.
The specialist equipment enables the crew to detect radioactive debris 'clouds' in real time is believed to be heading towards northern Europe and the Barents Sea.
News of the deployment comes amid claims Russia may be testing nuclear weapons, either to the east or in the arctic, after a spike in radioactivity was reported.
According to spotters a second 'spy' plane was also deployed from Mildenhall.
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WNU Editor: Some are sceptical about all the news attention .... Report Says European Mystery Radiation Isn't Real. That Isn't Stopping an Air Force Investigation. (Popular Mechanics). As for a U.S. nuclear sniffer plane being sent to Europe .... nothing abnormal there .... Sorry, ‘Sniffer’ Fans: WC-135 Isn’t Smelling Russian Nukes (DoD Buzz). Still .... no one has come out and explained why there is that radiation spike.
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What is Putin up to? US 'nuclear sniffer' plane is sent to Britain as wave of deadly radioactive particles spreads across Europe -- Daily Mail
No One Can Figure Out What's Behind a Mysterious Radiation Spike Across Europe -- Science Alert