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Small Planes In The US Presidential Flight  
User currently offlineDeskflier From Sweden, joined Jan 2007, 537 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 6407 times:

I was planning to build a model of the Rockwell Aero Commander, so I went on the net to find out if there were any interesting examples to use as prototypes for my model. Then I found out that during Ike Eisenhower's second term, he had an Aero Commander in the Presidential Flight. It was used for short trips, and is to date the smallest plane ever to have been allocated the callsign "Air Force One". My question is: Does the Presidential Flight have any small planes today, or is this history?


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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2116 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 6402 times:

I would think this is history. In recent history the shorter flights are now done by the helicopters (Marine One when he's aboard) such as the VH3 and VH-60.


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User currently offlineDeskflier From Sweden, joined Jan 2007, 537 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6215 times:

OK, thanks a lot. Didn't think of helicopters. Stupid me, I've seen the photo of Nixon waving goodbye from a SeaKing.


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User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3959 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks ago) and read 6175 times:

The first presidential helicopter was Eisenhower's Bell 47.

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User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5994 times:

Someone correct me if I'm mistaken but I believe the smallest fixed wing airplane in the SAM fleet is the Gulfstream executive jet.


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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12158 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5835 times:



Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 4):
Someone correct me if I'm mistaken but I believe the smallest fixed wing airplane in the SAM fleet is the Gulfstream executive jet.

Correct, that would be the VC-20C, a military VIP version of the G-III. There is the slightly bigger VC-37A that is sometimes confused as a VC-20C. The VC-37A is a G-V.


User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5798 times:



Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 5):
There is the slightly bigger VC-37A that is sometimes confused as a VC-20C.

Would that be a military version of the Gulfstream IV?



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User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5797 times:

I need to read posts more carefully, KC135TopBoom. Your post answered my previous question. My oops!


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User currently offlineAGC525 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5754 times:

Check out the Presidential gallery at Wright-Patt

http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/exhibits/presidential/index.asp



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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12158 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5711 times:

Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 6):
Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 5):
There is the slightly bigger VC-37A that is sometimes confused as a VC-20C.

Would that be a military version of the Gulfstream IV?

There are G-IVs flying military VIP missions, but not in the presidential fleet. The military G-IVs are designated as C-20D/E/F. They fly for the USN, USMC, and US Army, respectively. Military VIP missions for only USAF and USCG staff are flown in the C-20G.

[Edited 2009-08-01 06:29:16]

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