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Small Planes In The US Presidential Flight

Mon Jul 27, 2009 2:54 pm

I was planning to build a model of the Rockwell Aero Commander, so I went on the net to find out if there were any interesting examples to use as prototypes for my model. Then I found out that during Ike Eisenhower's second term, he had an Aero Commander in the Presidential Flight. It was used for short trips, and is to date the smallest plane ever to have been allocated the callsign "Air Force One". My question is: Does the Presidential Flight have any small planes today, or is this history?
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RE: Small Planes In The US Presidential Flight

Mon Jul 27, 2009 2:58 pm

I would think this is history. In recent history the shorter flights are now done by the helicopters (Marine One when he's aboard) such as the VH3 and VH-60.
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RE: Small Planes In The US Presidential Flight

Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:06 am

OK, thanks a lot. Didn't think of helicopters. Stupid me, I've seen the photo of Nixon waving goodbye from a SeaKing.
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RE: Small Planes In The US Presidential Flight

Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:27 am

The first presidential helicopter was Eisenhower's Bell 47.

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RE: Small Planes In The US Presidential Flight

Wed Jul 29, 2009 2:03 pm

Someone correct me if I'm mistaken but I believe the smallest fixed wing airplane in the SAM fleet is the Gulfstream executive jet.
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RE: Small Planes In The US Presidential Flight

Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:06 pm



Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 4):
Someone correct me if I'm mistaken but I believe the smallest fixed wing airplane in the SAM fleet is the Gulfstream executive jet.

Correct, that would be the VC-20C, a military VIP version of the G-III. There is the slightly bigger VC-37A that is sometimes confused as a VC-20C. The VC-37A is a G-V.
 
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RE: Small Planes In The US Presidential Flight

Sat Aug 01, 2009 12:19 am



Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 5):
There is the slightly bigger VC-37A that is sometimes confused as a VC-20C.

Would that be a military version of the Gulfstream IV?
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RE: Small Planes In The US Presidential Flight

Sat Aug 01, 2009 12:22 am

I need to read posts more carefully, KC135TopBoom. Your post answered my previous question. My oops!
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RE: Small Planes In The US Presidential Flight

Sat Aug 01, 2009 5:33 am

Check out the Presidential gallery at Wright-Patt

http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/exhibits/presidential/index.asp
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RE: Small Planes In The US Presidential Flight

Sat Aug 01, 2009 1:28 pm

Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 6):
Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 5):
There is the slightly bigger VC-37A that is sometimes confused as a VC-20C.

Would that be a military version of the Gulfstream IV?

There are G-IVs flying military VIP missions, but not in the presidential fleet. The military G-IVs are designated as C-20D/E/F. They fly for the USN, USMC, and US Army, respectively. Military VIP missions for only USAF and USCG staff are flown in the C-20G.

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