|Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 6):|
President Mitterand arrived in a DC-8-50 that was re-engined with CFM-56 engines. This airplane had French Air Force markings. They also sent a French Air Force KC-135F that was also equipped with CFM-56s.
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|Quoting FlySSC (Reply 4):|
Georges Pompidou used the Concorde prototype F-WTSS to meet President Nixon in the Azores, in Dec.1971
|Quoting LPLAspotter (Reply 9):|
There was so much excitement here that everyone ignored AF1 after she landed. They also let people tour the aircraft, but I just remember some test equipment on board.
|Quoting FlySSC (Reply 10):|
The picture taken on this flight show Mr.Pompidou did not seem very "at ease" and confident ...
I don't think something like this could happen today, a President (or any sort of Head of a Governement) travelling on a Prototype of a completely new revolutionnary airplane.
Could you imagine Chirac/Blair/Merkell using the A380 F-WWOW to go to meet Bush somewhere ???
|Quoting GDB (Reply 12):|
There was a myth, at least I think it was a myth (FlySSC?), that AF had a Concorde on standby for French Presidential use.
|Quoting Breiz (Reply 8):|
Concorde, which was operated by Air France (a state company for quite some time), was only used by the French President for practical reasons (shorter flights)
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