Aq737 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 612 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2924 times:
Aloha everyone! I was wondering, do people who are boarding the aircraft (evident in the picture) anways go through the hold? In many pictures, Bush comes out the cabin door, and down airstairs, but not in this picture (below). If they use this one, do they make you store your own luggage before going to the main deck like in the IL-86s? When do they use this system - only when there are no airstairs?
Also, reguarding the movie Air Force One, with Harrison Ford, is there actually access to the luggage hold when flying, or is that restricted because of safety? When boarding, do u get fingerprinted, and is it true that there is a 2-2-2 configuartion? If son, thats bigger then a business class configuration!
B744 From New Zealand, joined Dec 1999, 491 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2653 times:
I think LY744 thinks he's a forum administrator. It's kinda obvious from the quotation marks what Aq737 means. I don't think I've ever seen a post on this board about AF1 / VC25A without someone jumping in and stating that AF1 really isn't an aircraft. And, invariably they get it wrong when they do try and set things straight.
Anyhow, I also caught the documentary on "Air Force One" (as the documentary was called!) and it showed maintenance guys boarding the aircraft through the airstairs whilst still in the hangar at AFB. It also showed Clinton arriving at LAX (I think it was LAX???) using the main forward left cabin door and airstairs, but it showed the military officer who carries the "football" (case containing nuclear launch codes) exiting the aircraft through the rear stairs down thorugh the hold and the walking under the aircraft to hand it over to another military officer on the ground.
Also, I remember seeing a USAF VC-137B on the ground in Kiev a while back during one of Madelaine Albright's visits to see Kuchma. They took the airstairs away from the aircraft after the cleaning etc had been finished and closed the cabin doors until she was heading back to the airport from town. I was told by those in the know that it was added security.
FrequentFlyKid From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1204 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2642 times:
Everyone knows that the term "Air Force One" is any Air Force aircraft that the president is one. Blah, fucking, blah. So do people have to point out that "Air Force One is only....." everytime its posted. EVERYONE KNOWS THAT. Lay off, it's getting old.