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UK Pm To Use Concorde

Sat Nov 03, 2001 12:40 am

Tony Blair is going to use concorde to fly to washington next week. There was a post a while back about which a/c the PM should use, and I'd say using concorde is much better than AF1!!
 
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RE: UK Pm To Use Concorde

Sat Nov 03, 2001 1:41 am

The Concorde makes a good television prop. It leaves Blair looking stylish on the TV news, and benefits BA's public relations department, which is looking for some good publicity to boost confidence in the aircraft.

As soon as we see Tony Blair bounding up the stairs -- without using handrails on the advice of his advisors, to convey an image of youthfulness and energy -- expect Jacques Chirac to do the same in Paris.

 
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RE: UK Pm To Use Concorde

Sat Nov 03, 2001 2:26 am

Do you know if the PM Concorde will land at IAD, or Andrews AFB? At what time?
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RE: UK Pm To Use Concorde

Sat Nov 03, 2001 2:49 am

He doesn't really deserve to fly Concorde.....stick him on a 757 for 9hrs or so  Laugh out loud or even better, a 737-(200) bwahaha...
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RE: UK Pm To Use Concorde

Sat Nov 03, 2001 3:11 am

EGFF wrote: "stick him on a 757 for 9hrs or so or even better, a 737-(200) bwahaha..."

Or maybe even one of the Queen's BAe 146s, with two or three fuel stops along the way.  Smile

Prime ministerial travel has really changed a lot in the past century, from the days when Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the Canadian prime minister, had to ride streetcars on his way to and from work. Somehow I doubt we'll ever see Tony Blair standing in front of Westminster, bus pass in hand, except as a one-time publicity stunt.  Smile



 
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RE: UK Pm To Use Concorde

Sat Nov 03, 2001 3:45 am

No details on timings, or even if it will happen. We've been told to prepare. It should happen the same day as BA's JFK flight, but probably much later in the day. So extra pressure on us. Three modified aircraft, a standby required for both flights.
But BA will welcome the money, plus of course the PR.
Give Blair a break, he's done loads of flying recently, why not cut his journey times when possible? He's had a very hectic schedule recently, so a real time saving will actually be welcome, and no jet-lag!.
Likely he will go to Andrews AFB, as he did in 1998.
We do refer to these flights as 'Blair Force One'.
Anyway, events in the world could yet change things.
The news was broken by the BBC website, and they still cannot properly describe what happened to the AF aircraft on the 25th July 2000.
So we'll see....

 
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RE: UK Pm To Use Concorde

Sat Nov 03, 2001 5:51 am

I think Blair took the concorde to IAD last time.

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RE: UK Pm To Use Concorde

Sat Nov 03, 2001 7:50 am

No, it was Andrews, at least on Concorde. I remember the preparations and departure well.
 
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RE: UK Pm To Use Concorde

Sat Nov 03, 2001 9:43 am

Blair Force One..... I like that...
 
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RE: UK Pm To Use Concorde

Sat Nov 03, 2001 10:18 am

I think the BBC reported a few months back that Blair and his family took one of the low-cost airlines for their holiday, either Ryanair or Go. I guess it must have been good publicity for them too!
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RE: UK Pm To Use Concorde

Sat Nov 03, 2001 3:48 pm

Style points for the British. If you can't have the biggest plane, you should a least have the fastest.

 
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RE: UK Pm To Use Concorde

Sat Nov 03, 2001 3:58 pm

Golly, Bush had better pull out that moth-balled XB-70 from the Smithsonian, huh? It still is the fastest-big plane in the world, even though it hasn't flown in 3 decades.

I also like "Blair Force One", GDB, that makes sence! Big grin
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RE: UK Pm To Use Concorde

Sat Nov 03, 2001 4:32 pm

Right, lets burn 300 000 punds of fuel in the atmoshpere to haul some politicions ass to the US. Screw preserving the ozone layer, if one guy is aloud to make more damage to the enviroment in 3 hours then the average person does in a lifetime why should anyone care at all?
 
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RE: UK Pm To Use Concorde

Sat Nov 03, 2001 4:55 pm

YKA - isn't it there anyway? It will (FWIU) be flying LHR-JFK, and AFTER that will be flying as Blair Force One from JFK to somewhere in Washington (nobody has yet decided where).

So the huge atmospheric and environmental degredation which you seem to predict will (mostly) be happening anyway, because of the LHR-JFK flight.

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YKA

Sat Nov 03, 2001 6:11 pm

Right, let's quote from a US goverment study into the effects on the Ozone layer from SST's, done after the cancellation of the Boeing B2707, so probably carried out in the hope of knocking Concorde.
It found that for any noticeable degredation of the ozone layer there would have to be 125 SST flights EVERY DAY over the same area for at least 15 years.
Glad to see you're worried about ozone depletion, so you will be campaining against or boycotting DuPont, Union Carbide, ICI to name a few.
NASA had also better stop using Solid Rocket Boosters on the Shuttle too.
Blair won't be on his own, apart from the usual press pack, very likely members of the UK's senior defence staff will also be on the trip, it does have a rather important purpose.
 
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RE: UK Pm To Use Concorde

Tue Nov 06, 2001 1:35 am

it makes you laugh, when the worlds biggest polluters criticise the PM for flying concorde!!
 
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RE: UK Pm To Use Concorde

Tue Nov 06, 2001 3:05 pm

GDB & VS744: Very well said!
 
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RE: UK Pm To Use Concorde

Thu Nov 08, 2001 7:07 am

VS744, they are the world biggest producers too. Much less laugh now, I believe... but I'm, too, very tired of this "politicions ass", ... stupidity here. There are plenty of other forums for this kind of garbage - and let's keep this one clean.

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