Luxair66 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2505 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
Jacques60 From France, joined Jul 2003, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2465 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 !
LGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2349 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...
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13253 posts, RR: 77
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2298 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.