rfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7714 posts, RR: 32
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4720 times:
Those aircraft do most of their work supporting the US State Department and other top officials of the US government. Very little to no support of USAF operations.
Is there any reason for government officials to be in that area? How close is it to the embassy, to South African government offices, etc?
Would security for an aircraft be easier at that airport than at any others in the area? Often such visitors try to avoid big civilian airports like JNB.
Back in the late 70s and early 80s - the USAF flew a C-141 to Johannesburg twice weekly. It was part of a logistics flight bring mainly food items to Antigua, Ascension and Johannesburg. I was stationed on Antigua at the time. The flight did not land at JNB but at another airport close by where it would RON and fly back to the US the next day.
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12259 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4687 times:
Sometimes the C-40Bs do fly senior generals around too, not just SOS flunkies. Is there a military base near there? The SAAF might still be looking for a C-130B replacement after the feasco about the A-400M a few years back.