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UK Pm To Use Concorde  
User currently offlineVS744 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 677 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1316 times:

Tony Blair is going to use concorde to fly to washington next week. There was a post a while back about which a/c the PM should use, and I'd say using concorde is much better than AF1!!

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User currently offlineMcdougald From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1236 times:

The Concorde makes a good television prop. It leaves Blair looking stylish on the TV news, and benefits BA's public relations department, which is looking for some good publicity to boost confidence in the aircraft.

As soon as we see Tony Blair bounding up the stairs -- without using handrails on the advice of his advisors, to convey an image of youthfulness and energy -- expect Jacques Chirac to do the same in Paris.



User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1231 times:

Do you know if the PM Concorde will land at IAD, or Andrews AFB? At what time?


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User currently offlineEGFF From UK - Wales, joined Sep 2001, 2201 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1202 times:

He doesn't really deserve to fly Concorde.....stick him on a 757 for 9hrs or so  Laugh out loud or even better, a 737-(200) bwahaha...


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User currently offlineMcdougald From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1192 times:

EGFF wrote: "stick him on a 757 for 9hrs or so or even better, a 737-(200) bwahaha..."

Or maybe even one of the Queen's BAe 146s, with two or three fuel stops along the way.  Smile

Prime ministerial travel has really changed a lot in the past century, from the days when Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the Canadian prime minister, had to ride streetcars on his way to and from work. Somehow I doubt we'll ever see Tony Blair standing in front of Westminster, bus pass in hand, except as a one-time publicity stunt.  Smile





User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13169 posts, RR: 78
Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1175 times:

No details on timings, or even if it will happen. We've been told to prepare. It should happen the same day as BA's JFK flight, but probably much later in the day. So extra pressure on us. Three modified aircraft, a standby required for both flights.
But BA will welcome the money, plus of course the PR.
Give Blair a break, he's done loads of flying recently, why not cut his journey times when possible? He's had a very hectic schedule recently, so a real time saving will actually be welcome, and no jet-lag!.
Likely he will go to Andrews AFB, as he did in 1998.
We do refer to these flights as 'Blair Force One'.
Anyway, events in the world could yet change things.
The news was broken by the BBC website, and they still cannot properly describe what happened to the AF aircraft on the 25th July 2000.
So we'll see....



User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4338 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1148 times:

I think Blair took the concorde to IAD last time.

Kevin/DCA


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13169 posts, RR: 78
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1137 times:

No, it was Andrews, at least on Concorde. I remember the preparations and departure well.


User currently offlineSJC>SFO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1116 times:

Blair Force One..... I like that...

User currently offlineHkg_clk From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 999 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1102 times:

I think the BBC reported a few months back that Blair and his family took one of the low-cost airlines for their holiday, either Ryanair or Go. I guess it must have been good publicity for them too!


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User currently offlineSkiordie From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days ago) and read 1084 times:

Style points for the British. If you can't have the biggest plane, you should a least have the fastest.



User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (12 years 9 months 2 days ago) and read 1080 times:

Golly, Bush had better pull out that moth-balled XB-70 from the Smithsonian, huh? It still is the fastest-big plane in the world, even though it hasn't flown in 3 decades.

I also like "Blair Force One", GDB, that makes sence! Big grin
If Concorde isn't carrying full load it might have a greater range?



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User currently offlineYKA From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 766 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1076 times:

Right, lets burn 300 000 punds of fuel in the atmoshpere to haul some politicions ass to the US. Screw preserving the ozone layer, if one guy is aloud to make more damage to the enviroment in 3 hours then the average person does in a lifetime why should anyone care at all?

User currently offlineThadocta From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 397 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1073 times:

YKA - isn't it there anyway? It will (FWIU) be flying LHR-JFK, and AFTER that will be flying as Blair Force One from JFK to somewhere in Washington (nobody has yet decided where).

So the huge atmospheric and environmental degredation which you seem to predict will (mostly) be happening anyway, because of the LHR-JFK flight.

Dave


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13169 posts, RR: 78
Reply 14, posted (12 years 9 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1072 times:

Right, let's quote from a US goverment study into the effects on the Ozone layer from SST's, done after the cancellation of the Boeing B2707, so probably carried out in the hope of knocking Concorde.
It found that for any noticeable degredation of the ozone layer there would have to be 125 SST flights EVERY DAY over the same area for at least 15 years.
Glad to see you're worried about ozone depletion, so you will be campaining against or boycotting DuPont, Union Carbide, ICI to name a few.
NASA had also better stop using Solid Rocket Boosters on the Shuttle too.
Blair won't be on his own, apart from the usual press pack, very likely members of the UK's senior defence staff will also be on the trip, it does have a rather important purpose.


User currently offlineVS744 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 677 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1038 times:

it makes you laugh, when the worlds biggest polluters criticise the PM for flying concorde!!

User currently offlineLAPA_SAAB340 From Spain, joined Aug 2001, 390 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (12 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1017 times:

GDB & VS744: Very well said!


User currently offlineRIX From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1787 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 987 times:

VS744, they are the world biggest producers too. Much less laugh now, I believe... but I'm, too, very tired of this "politicions ass", ... stupidity here. There are plenty of other forums for this kind of garbage - and let's keep this one clean.

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