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"Air Force One" Stairs  
User currently offlineAq737 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 612 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4651 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?

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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!

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Mahalo in advance!


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User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4567 times:

VC-25A, not "Air Force One" (just a call sign for any USAF a/c the Pres is on).


Pacifism only works if EVERYBODY practices it
User currently offlineAq737 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 612 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4520 times:

I know that LY744 and I just posted it as Air Force One for more viewers - obviously didn;t work.

User currently offlineNZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4444 times:

LY744, Stop being pedantic.
Get off the guys case; there have been numerous posts here about Presidential aircraft.

Aq737, to my knowledge, that entrance is just for servicing; crew entry, loading of equipment etc.
Sort of like a "tradesmans entrance" if you like.

Mele Kalikimaka a me haouli makahiki hou!
(Wrong time of year I know, but just wanted to show off; excuse any spelling errors). Big grin

Mike (NZ)

User currently offlineFDXmech From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3251 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (14 years 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4427 times:

I just happen to catch part of a Discovery Channel show this afternoon about the Presidential 747.

I caught the footage of the airstair operating. It looked almost a duplicate in form and function to the 737-100 aft airstair.

You're only as good as your last departure.
User currently offlineB744 From New Zealand, joined Dec 1999, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4380 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.

User currently offlineFrequentFlyKid From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (14 years 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4369 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.

User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4337 times:

These stairs would have the same use as they do on the 737's. If you visit an airport without stairs, use your own !!

User currently offlineLapper From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 1680 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (14 years 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4307 times:

I was only talking about those stairs with my girlfriend last night. We though they were lower down so as not to expose the President.

This followed on from seeing Tony Blair getting off "Marine One", which looks like it is always called that, as on the stairs was written "Welcome aboard Marine One"

User currently offlineGregg From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 327 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4291 times:

The built in stares are used when no "tall" airstars are available at the airport. Few airports commonly get a 747.

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