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Labour Considering Blairforce One

Sat Feb 16, 2002 4:02 am

This is one of the funnier articles on the front page of the newspaper, I think it is only speculation at this time but it seemed like they'd explored alot of options.

The plan, was to replace the RAF Vickers VC-10 that politicians and the royal family use with an Armoured Airbus A319 Coporate Jet. Now this is the funny part, and I quote 'Or an Armoured Airbus A320 series, which would be much more like the size of George W Bush's Air Force 1'. LOL  Laugh out loud.

Well, its obviously serious if it made the front page (it was a local newspaper, and only there for the reason that the wings are built here at Filton).

Your thoughts?

Dan
 
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RE: Labour Considering Blairforce One

Sat Feb 16, 2002 4:04 am

Even more taxes in Britain?
 
caravelle
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RE: Labour Considering Blairforce One

Sat Feb 16, 2002 4:13 am

Gordon Brown should have one, too, methinks.There's a sale on at BA.... Gordon's plane: The Budget Budgie?

- caravelle
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GDB
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RE: Labour Considering Blairforce One

Sat Feb 16, 2002 4:17 am

With the defence budget under strain, politically impossible.
Anyway, what's wrong with a chartered BA 777/747 or Concorde?
But most goverment VIP travel, which is in Europe, is covered by No.32 Sqn. BAe 146 and 125 aircraft.
 
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RE: Labour Considering Blairforce One

Sat Feb 16, 2002 4:30 am

How would you "armour" an airplane ???
Next time try the old "dirty Sanchez" She'll love it !!!
 
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RE: Labour Considering Blairforce One

Sat Feb 16, 2002 5:12 am

Tony Blair flew Ryanair once.
 
RoyalDutch
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RE: Labour Considering Blairforce One

Sat Feb 16, 2002 5:14 am

Wonder how much you'd have to distort an A319 to make it comparable in size to a 742!  Laugh out loud What's the matter with the VC-10, anyway?
 
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RE: Labour Considering Blairforce One

Sat Feb 16, 2002 5:16 am

BA has two 777s for sale. Maybe they could sell one to the government and the other to the German gov't...
 
Hoffa
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RE: Labour Considering Blairforce One

Sat Feb 16, 2002 5:18 am

An A319 for Tony, and an AN-225 for his ego. Sounds good!
 
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RE: Labour Considering Blairforce One

Sat Feb 16, 2002 5:19 am

The VC-10's sadly are to be replaced, whatever new tanker is chosen probably won't do much transport work.
Even the 10 sqn. VC-10 transports got refuelling gear in the 1990's, though they are still occasionally used for VIP work in higher threat areas.
Though the new aircraft will have a troop/freight role, I really think the goverment will stick with the current arrangement.
 
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RE: Labour Considering Blairforce One

Sat Feb 16, 2002 5:22 am

Lindy has a good point...777 would make a great VIP jet (which really would be comparable in size to AF1!)!