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User currently offlineJasperEMA From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 50 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2643 times:

Just on TV news that our glorious leader cannot get back to the UK for an important vote as his aircraft has engine problems in S Africa. Is it a BA777 or is it a Vc10(oh the noise!!!!!) any details thanks

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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13591 posts, RR: 76
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2601 times:

Chartered DC-8 70 series, I think.

[Edited 2006-02-13 19:34:14]

User currently offlineWhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2586 times:

Some of the press were reporting it was a 'three engined plane'. Either they got it wrong yet again or there was an equipment swap in South Africa (which would be unlikely)

User currently offlineMDorBust From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2536 times:

Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 2):
Some of the press were reporting it was a 'three engined plane'.

I would consder three engines on a DC-8 a significant enough problem to keep it from flying  Wink


User currently offlinePADSpot From Germany, joined Jan 2005, 1676 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2518 times:

Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 2):
Some of the press were reporting it was a 'three engined plane'.

Maybe a RAF TriStar? I remember him climbing down the stairs from a Tristar at least once ... I think it was in Basrah


User currently offlineBTCCMan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2512 times:

yes, an RAF L-1011-500...

User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 5534 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2348 times:

Quoting JasperEMA (Thread starter):
Just on TV news that our glorious leader cannot get back to the UK for an important vote as his aircraft has engine problems in S Africa.

Time for a new government transport, to avoid future incidents like at JNB. But the Chancellor of the Exchequer seems unconvinced. This got plenty of attention in the CivAvForum. Only catch is, it will be chargeable to you, the taxpayers. Cheers.



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User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 15252 posts, RR: 45
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2289 times:
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Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 6):
Only catch is, it will be chargeable to you, the taxpayers. Cheers.

Exactly! Let the self-important sod fly scheduled services. In economy!



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User currently offlineCiv4b2fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 40 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2286 times:

it is not either one of those planes dc-8 i am mostly sure

User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13591 posts, RR: 76
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2271 times:

Even when the PM's Office, uses the most cost effective option, based on what is available at the time, he still gets bitched at.
So Daily Mail......
I suspect BA had aircraft availability issues for a charter to SA.


User currently offlineWhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2187 times:

Quoting GDB (Reply 9):
I suspect BA had aircraft availability issues for a charter to SA.

He's used Privatair before now. Presumably for a lot less than a full 777 charter. Tony has also used Titan Airways and their 737 for non-Government work (such as campaigning at election time), so it's not set in stone that he has to fly BA.


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