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User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 51
Posted (11 years 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2473 times:

I just watched the news on my lunch break, and noticed that the British PM is flying a "normal" BA 777 instead of "Blair Force One"  Laugh out loud; is the Nimrod still used and for what flights/operations ?


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User currently offlineAlpha From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2466 times:

Blair often (always ?) travels with a BA 777.

Steph


User currently offlineLuxair66 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 2428 times:

Nimrod's are used by the RAF for maritime patrol (MR.2P) and reconnaissance (R1). Some are being rebuilt to MRA4 standard. They have never been used for VIP transport (maybe some Comet's were in the 60's).

The VC10 has been used for long range VIP transport in the past (when Thatcher was PM) and more recently the Tristar, but commercial aircraft are usually used these days, even for Royal tours. I think the VC10's are starting to run out of hours


User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9523 posts, RR: 42
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 2428 times:

The Nimrods are used by the RAF for maritime patrols and airborne command centres, etc., not the sort of thing the PM would be globetrotting in.

User currently offlineJacques60 From France, joined Jul 2003, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 2388 times:

Can I ask if this PM 777 has a specific interior arrangement of if the PM is happy with the "normal" F class of BA ??
N.B : in our good old 707 days here, our CdG had a so called presidential version up front of the acft !


User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 2272 times:

I hear the aircraft is full of mirrors so he can practise his poses and smiles throughout his flights, and also lots of pictures of Mr Blair so he can continue to love himself and also plenty of spin doctors on board to pull his strings and tell him what to say, how to say it and when to say it.

Also it is understood that he needs a lot of room for his Pinocchio style nose for all the lies hes been telling us about tax rises and his public services reforms

Cherie travles in the hold I am told

Apart from that it's a normal Speedbird triple-seven... Smile

Ben Pritchard



User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13165 posts, RR: 78
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 2221 times:

VC-10s are tasked with air to air refueling now, as well as troop transport, (the original 10 sqn ones built new for the RAF that is, the converted airliners of 101 sqn have always been pure tanker/transports, but the 10 sqn birds were also fitted for AAR in the early 90's.).
If security is a real issue, a 10 sqn VC-10 might still be used, as they have IRCM countermeasures and military crews. The last time was in 2001 when Blair went to Pakistan just after the Taliban fell.
Currently the VC-10s are to stay until 2007-09.
Usually on a BA aircraft, Blair will go in 1st, journalists down the back.
VIP kits on BA aircraft have been used for Royal flights, not when carrying the PM AFAIK.


User currently offlineCodeshare From Poland, joined Sep 2002, 1854 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 2052 times:

When he was in Warsaw for an overnight stop he came on this BA 777 (G-YMML):


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User currently offlineBmacleod From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 2242 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 2025 times:

I remember 12 years ago Queen Elizabeth flew on the Concorde to Canada. Back in the early 1980s she flew here on AirCanada for what reason I have no idea.


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User currently offlineGoAround From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 616 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 2013 times:

There had been talking of Blair getting his own jet (a BBJ I believe - perhaps he could have flown in it to open the new Airbus factory?) but it appears nothing has materialised. We'll see...

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User currently offlineLuxair66 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 1901 times:

I understand Blair uses a 777 because of the amount of people (including invited journalists) that he wants to take with him on these jollies. Can't see him cramming that lot inside a BBJ.

The VC10's (and L1011) will be replaced by either ex BA 767's or new build A330's (when the government finally makes up its mind what it will buy).


User currently offlineBA744 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 1861 times:

He's currently using G-YMMG for this jaunt.


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