D L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 10554 posts, RR: 53 Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 4 hours ago) and read 5448 times:
Quoting BN747 (Reply 3): What do you mean by that? Because I've seen a single ship here at LAX a zillion times when or Bush came in.
Maybe it's only when he flies internationally, or maybe the other one was around but not parked at the same place. But according to the National Geographic special on Air Force One, both planes fly every mission, with one sort of blazing the trail for the other.
MPDPilot From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 934 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 4 hours ago) and read 5432 times:
Quoting BN747 (Reply 3): What do you mean by that? Because I've seen a single ship here at LAX a zillion times when or Bush came in
The other aircraft might have been at March AFB or something but typically they do travel with two aircraft in case of maintenance issues with one. It is often said that Air Force One is the safest place for the POTUS to be so it is important that they always have one available for him to get on one at a moments notice.
Another fun fact, I am not sure if this is still the case but it has been the case that an E-4B always travels with POTUS in case of a nuclear war, as that is the command plane for that senario. So that means that anytime POTUS travels there is atleast a C-5 with his cars, and two or three 747s. That is quite a bit of hardware to fly for one person.
One mile of highway gets you one mile, one mile of runway gets you anywhere.
I do not believe this is true. Both VC fly on every overseas mission, but domestically I have seen different.
Last year AF1 arrived at SFO and had a mechanical issue. Overnight a C-32 was brought in as a back-up. The VC flying Obama was repaired overnight and left with no problems. But there was no sight of the other VC aircraft.
"Some pilots avoid storm cells and some play connect the dots!"
One VC-25A had a maintenance issue on a President Bush Asian trip, he went onto the next meeting using a C-32A as Air Force-1, arriving on-schedule for his meeting. IIRC, the issue with the VC-25 was a tire and brake issue, but they fly with these types of spare parts. It was repaired and President Bush used the VC-25A for his next leg on that trip.