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"Air Force One" Stairs

Mon Apr 08, 2002 5:43 am

Aloha everyone! I was wondering, do people who are boarding the aircraft (evident in the picture) anways go through the hold? In many pictures, Bush comes out the cabin door, and down airstairs, but not in this picture (below). If they use this one, do they make you store your own luggage before going to the main deck like in the IL-86s? When do they use this system - only when there are no airstairs?

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Also, reguarding the movie Air Force One, with Harrison Ford, is there actually access to the luggage hold when flying, or is that restricted because of safety? When boarding, do u get fingerprinted, and is it true that there is a 2-2-2 configuartion? If son, thats bigger then a business class configuration!

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RE: "Air Force One" Stairs

Mon Apr 08, 2002 6:10 am

VC-25A, not "Air Force One" (just a call sign for any USAF a/c the Pres is on).

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RE: "Air Force One" Stairs

Mon Apr 08, 2002 7:15 am

I know that LY744 and I just posted it as Air Force One for more viewers - obviously didn;t work.
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RE: "Air Force One" Stairs

Mon Apr 08, 2002 10:08 am

LY744, Stop being pedantic.
Get off the guys case; there have been numerous posts here about Presidential aircraft.

Aq737, to my knowledge, that entrance is just for servicing; crew entry, loading of equipment etc.
Sort of like a "tradesmans entrance" if you like.

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RE: "Air Force One" Stairs

Mon Apr 08, 2002 10:37 am

I just happen to catch part of a Discovery Channel show this afternoon about the Presidential 747.

I caught the footage of the airstair operating. It looked almost a duplicate in form and function to the 737-100 aft airstair.
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RE: "Air Force One" Stairs

Mon Apr 08, 2002 12:31 pm

I think LY744 thinks he's a forum administrator. It's kinda obvious from the quotation marks what Aq737 means. I don't think I've ever seen a post on this board about AF1 / VC25A without someone jumping in and stating that AF1 really isn't an aircraft. And, invariably they get it wrong when they do try and set things straight.

Anyhow, I also caught the documentary on "Air Force One" (as the documentary was called!) and it showed maintenance guys boarding the aircraft through the airstairs whilst still in the hangar at AFB. It also showed Clinton arriving at LAX (I think it was LAX???) using the main forward left cabin door and airstairs, but it showed the military officer who carries the "football" (case containing nuclear launch codes) exiting the aircraft through the rear stairs down thorugh the hold and the walking under the aircraft to hand it over to another military officer on the ground.

Also, I remember seeing a USAF VC-137B on the ground in Kiev a while back during one of Madelaine Albright's visits to see Kuchma. They took the airstairs away from the aircraft after the cleaning etc had been finished and closed the cabin doors until she was heading back to the airport from town. I was told by those in the know that it was added security.

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RE: "Air Force One" Stairs

Mon Apr 08, 2002 12:36 pm

Everyone knows that the term "Air Force One" is any Air Force aircraft that the president is one. Blah, fucking, blah. So do people have to point out that "Air Force One is only....." everytime its posted. EVERYONE KNOWS THAT. Lay off, it's getting old.
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RE: "Air Force One" Stairs

Mon Apr 08, 2002 2:47 pm

These stairs would have the same use as they do on the 737's. If you visit an airport without stairs, use your own !!
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RE: "Air Force One" Stairs

Mon Apr 08, 2002 5:13 pm

I was only talking about those stairs with my girlfriend last night. We though they were lower down so as not to expose the President.

This followed on from seeing Tony Blair getting off "Marine One", which looks like it is always called that, as on the stairs was written "Welcome aboard Marine One"
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RE: "Air Force One" Stairs

Mon Apr 08, 2002 5:52 pm

The built in stares are used when no "tall" airstars are available at the airport. Few airports commonly get a 747.

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