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User currently offline9V-SVE From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 2066 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2544 times:

Does the US really need two such aircraft? Wouldn't one be enough to suit the needs of the President of the USA? How do they choose which to use etc?

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User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2493 times:

They primarily use VC-25A 82-8000, but if that one is having maintenance done when the president needs it, they will use 92-9000. Sometime 82-8000 might be having Engine overhauls ETC. and they will need to use 92-9000. So basically 92-9000 is an identical twin back-up.

User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7458 posts, RR: 49
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2339 times:
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Also one is used a chase plane if they want to switch planes in the middle of the president's trip.

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User currently offlineIslandHopper From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 327 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2212 times:

>Also one is used a chase plane if they want to switch planes in the middle of the president's trip.

Hopefully AFTER he has landed, of course.  Laugh out loud

User currently offlineTwalives From United States of America, joined May 2001, 175 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2162 times:

a tangent from the topic...i got the pleasure last night of watching AF1 takeoff from STL around 8 p.m...that's one gorgeous bird.

User currently offlineNtspelich From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 764 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2098 times:

I remember about 5 or 6 years ago that President Clinton flew to CMI to give a speech at the Univ. of Illinois. It had been raining all morning and when USAF1 was taxing off, it made the turn too wide (at least for the airport which is configured mainly for turboprops and rjs) and the front gear got stuck in a giant mud pit. After about an hour of trying to get the plane moved, they brought over some stairs and the President got off and went to make his speech. However, since they couldn't get the plane out, they dispatched a second aircraft as a precaution in case the first was unable to get out of the mud by time the speech was over. Luckily it did get out of the mud, but after the spare had arrived I believe. So, I guess that's a good enough reason to have an extra one lying around.

Here's an article about it if anyone really cares, however they refer to the plane as being a 707. article


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