SWF was pretty loaded with traffic on Saturday from what the tower told me. The Togolaise Gov't 707 as well as another 707 were both seen up there and the log that a friend passed along to me for Friday was quite impressive with 747, MD-11 and IL-76s!
"Irregardless, it's a Cat III airplane, we don't need an alternate!"
Quoting Ghymes (Reply 11): Actually they're here for a family member to go to Johns Hopkins.
Are you serious about Hopkins?
It's quite common for foreign leaders/royalty to use US hospitals. When I handled VIP jets at ADW King Hussein used to fly in on his L-1011 for a "state visit". Then he'd sneak out of Dulles going to the Mayo Clinic on a private jet, leaving the L-1011 parked at ADW. He was in the U.S. quite often before he died.
BWI receive numerous heavy biz jets each year with patients for Hopkins or the Hopkins Wilmer Eye Clinic. Most of the aircraft are coming in from the Middle East. During the past two years or so, I can recall Saudi MD-11s, L1011s and 757 and UAE 747-400, 747SP and BBJ, among others. Garuda's first appearance at BWI several years ago was to bring the then-President here for eye surgery at the Wilmer Eye Clinic.
I didn't initially consider the hospitals and the type of world-wide clientele they would bring to the area. I assumed IAD would land the big-boys, but then again, the beltway traffic is so bad from Dulles to Baltimore that BWI benefits!