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Labour Considering Blairforce One  
User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 822 times:

This is one of the funnier articles on the front page of the newspaper, I think it is only speculation at this time but it seemed like they'd explored alot of options.

The plan, was to replace the RAF Vickers VC-10 that politicians and the royal family use with an Armoured Airbus A319 Coporate Jet. Now this is the funny part, and I quote 'Or an Armoured Airbus A320 series, which would be much more like the size of George W Bush's Air Force 1'. LOL  Laugh out loud.

Well, its obviously serious if it made the front page (it was a local newspaper, and only there for the reason that the wings are built here at Filton).

Your thoughts?

Dan

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User currently offlineClose2lax From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 802 times:

Even more taxes in Britain?


User currently offlineCaravelle From Norway, joined Aug 2000, 666 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 792 times:

Gordon Brown should have one, too, methinks.There's a sale on at BA.... Gordon's plane: The Budget Budgie?

- caravelle



Trains and boats and planes....
User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13165 posts, RR: 78
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 787 times:

With the defence budget under strain, politically impossible.
Anyway, what's wrong with a chartered BA 777/747 or Concorde?
But most goverment VIP travel, which is in Europe, is covered by No.32 Sqn. BAe 146 and 125 aircraft.


User currently offlineDc10guy From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 2685 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 777 times:

How would you "armour" an airplane ???


Next time try the old "dirty Sanchez" She'll love it !!!
User currently offlineParra From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 762 times:

Tony Blair flew Ryanair once.

User currently offlineRoyalDutch From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 917 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 755 times:

Wonder how much you'd have to distort an A319 to make it comparable in size to a 742!  Laugh out loud What's the matter with the VC-10, anyway?

User currently offlineLindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 753 times:
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BA has two 777s for sale. Maybe they could sell one to the government and the other to the German gov't...

User currently offlineHoffa From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 748 times:

An A319 for Tony, and an AN-225 for his ego. Sounds good!

User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13165 posts, RR: 78
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 747 times:

The VC-10's sadly are to be replaced, whatever new tanker is chosen probably won't do much transport work.
Even the 10 sqn. VC-10 transports got refuelling gear in the 1990's, though they are still occasionally used for VIP work in higher threat areas.
Though the new aircraft will have a troop/freight role, I really think the goverment will stick with the current arrangement.


User currently offlineRoyalDutch From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 917 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 748 times:

Lindy has a good point...777 would make a great VIP jet (which really would be comparable in size to AF1!)!

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