>Up until a couple of years ago, he flew on a 707 but I guess in this day and age of curtailing Government waste, they bought a couple of BBJs to fly Australian government VIPs around. My taxes paid for this of course. I think a few years ago, there was talk of the RAAF acquiring 767s as VIP jets but this was seen as too excessive for the PM
of 20 million people? Who out there knows what really happened here?<
I think you got a good deal for your tax dollars. A BBJ
is a decent size for a government official, uses much, much, much less fuel than a 707, flies with fewer crew and does not cost nearly as much as a 767, 747, etc.
>In the past, preesidents were using the Concorde<
France's situation was similar to what Tony Blair did a few years ago when he had a meeting with President Clinton. He chartered the Concorde for a trip that needed to be quick. I believe the President of France flew on the Air Force DC-8s and various other planes before they bought the Falcons and ACJs (Which flew Yasser Arafat's body to Egypt)