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Air Force One (VC-25) 1st Flight With Obama

Thu Feb 05, 2009 5:43 am

"Air Force One makes its maiden flight with the new president tomorrow afternoon, when Obama takes a one-day "out and back excursion" to the House Democratic Caucus retreat at the Kingsmill Resort and Spa in Williamsburg, VA."

Obama's Travel Schedule for Thursday, February 5 (All times shown are Eastern)

5:45 PM
Obama leaves the White House en route to Andrews Air Force Base.

6:00 PM
Obama flies out of Andrews Air Force Base en route to Newport News Patrick Henry Airport. This is the first time that Obama is flying on Air Force One as President.

8:00 PM
Obama delivers a statement to the House Democrats Issues Conference.

9:10 PM
Obama leaves en route to Andrews Air Force Base.

10:00 PM
Obama leaves Andrews Air Force Base en route to the White House.

10:10 PM
Obama arrives at the White House.

Source: http://www.politico.com/politico44/
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RE: Air Force One (VC-25) 1st Flight With Obama

Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:26 am

What is that 150 miles?
That is a trip that should be taken in a C-32 or C-20, even in a VH-71.. oh wait they don't have those yet!

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RE: Air Force One (VC-25) 1st Flight With Obama

Thu Feb 05, 2009 8:17 am



Quoting StealthZ (Reply 1):
What is that 150 miles?
That is a trip that should be taken in a C-32 or C-20, even in a VH-71.. oh wait they don't have those yet!

Why not Marine One?
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RE: Air Force One (VC-25) 1st Flight With Obama

Fri Feb 06, 2009 7:08 pm



Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 2):
Why not Marine One?

I was thinking the same thing...when Presidents Reagan and Bush 41 visited Charlottesville (which is not that far from Williamsburg, aeronautically speaking) they traveled on Marine One.
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RE: Air Force One (VC-25) 1st Flight With Obama

Fri Feb 06, 2009 11:45 pm



Quoting StealthZ (Reply 1):

His travel in VC-25 is a national security issue! After 9/11, I believe VC-25 will travel with the President on all official trips. No one knows if and when another terroist attack can happen, so secuirty is always forefront. VC-25 is the most capable command center of all aircraft in the President airlift. Even though the trip was a 150 miles (give or take), if something should happen and the President cannot make it back into Washington, D.C., than VC-25 stands ready to provide a command center for our Armed Forces. Cost or Envirnomental Efficiency in regards to VC-25 is not an issue. All questions start and end with "SECURITY" not only for the President but more importantly the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

Just something to think about!

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RE: Air Force One (VC-25) 1st Flight With Obama

Sat Feb 07, 2009 2:54 am



Quoting NASOCEANA (Reply 4):
His travel in VC-25 is a national security issue! After 9/11, I believe VC-25 will travel with the President on all official trips.

No, it is not. President Bush used the C-32A, C-37A, C-20C, and C-40B on several trips after 9/11. He also used Marine-1 to fly to the commissioning of his father's ship (Bush-41) The USS George H.W.Bush, CVN-78, flying into NAS Oceana, then to the ship. That trip is longer than to Newport News by about 15 nm.

Quoting StasisLAX (Thread starter):
6:00 PM
Obama flies out of Andrews Air Force Base en route to Newport News Patrick Henry Airport. This is the first time that Obama is flying on Air Force One as President.

8:00 PM
Obama delivers a statement to the House Democrats Issues Conference.

9:10 PM
Obama leaves en route to Andrews Air Force Base.

10:00 PM
Obama leaves Andrews Air Force Base en route to the White House.

His trip time included transferring to another Marine-1 at Newport News to the Democrat meeting at the (luxury) resort. This 4 day trip, plus all the Democrats, and their families, the POTUS and VC-25A, and VH-3Ds cost us more than $100M.
 
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RE: Air Force One (VC-25) 1st Flight With Obama

Sat Feb 07, 2009 3:34 am



Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 5):
He also used Marine-1 to fly to the commissioning of his father's ship (Bush-41) The USS George H.W.Bush, CVN-78, flying into NAS Oceana, then to the ship. That trip is longer than to Newport News by about 15 nm.

President Bush last official flight aboard AF1 was to Norfolk,VA on Jan 10, 2009. He also visted Norfolk, VA aboard AF1 back in Oct., 2005. So precedent has be set for this short flight.

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 5):
President Bush used the C-32A, C-37A, C-20C, and C-40B on several trips after 9/11

You may be correct, don't really recall any myself!
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