JasperEMA
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Blair Force One

Tue Feb 14, 2006 12:45 am

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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RE: Blair Force One

Tue Feb 14, 2006 3:27 am

Chartered DC-8 70 series, I think.

[Edited 2006-02-13 19:34:14]
 
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RE: Blair Force One

Tue Feb 14, 2006 4:05 am

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)
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RE: Blair Force One

Tue Feb 14, 2006 12:29 pm

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
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RE: Blair Force One

Tue Feb 14, 2006 1:27 pm

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
 
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RE: Blair Force One

Tue Feb 14, 2006 2:25 pm

yes, an RAF L-1011-500...
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RE: Blair Force One

Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:29 am

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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RE: Blair Force One

Thu Feb 23, 2006 4:03 am

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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RE: Blair Force One

Thu Feb 23, 2006 4:14 am

it is not either one of those planes dc-8 i am mostly sure
 
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RE: Blair Force One

Thu Feb 23, 2006 5:49 am

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.
 
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RE: Blair Force One

Fri Feb 24, 2006 9:23 am

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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