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User currently offlineJasperEMA From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 50 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2113 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, 13162 posts, RR: 78
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2071 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 (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2056 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 (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2006 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: 5
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1988 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 (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1982 times:

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

User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4775 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1818 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, 12357 posts, RR: 47
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1759 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 (8 years 5 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1756 times:

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

User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13162 posts, RR: 78
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1741 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 (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1657 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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