Lufthansa wrote:And don't forget the 757 can get off smaller runways, its got a big wing and a lot of power compared to the size of it. There
Was a reason it was used into places like Aspen when the 757 wasn't.
gunsontheroof wrote:So, in situations like this where the C-32s short field performance is preferred, is the VC-25 still somewhere nearby (at a more suitable airport) in case the proverbial shit hits the fan or do the C-32s have sufficient command and control capabilities to function as "the flying White House" if need be?
Lufthansa wrote:Note I said used to. When the higher thrust A319s and 737s with the short runway kit and more powerful engines became available it wasn't such an
issue. Also he would probably needed the space vs a 737 as he would have to bring both the advisors and the spooks along with him. It also could have worked better just for the rally. Get the thing in and out of there faster if something goes wrong.
intotheair wrote:It’s probably a cost thing. The president is campaigning in Pennsylvania tonight. If incumbent presidents want to use VC-25 for campaigning, they must reimburse the government. I’m guessing that costs a lot more than opting to fly Trumo’s personal plane.
Moose135 wrote:intotheair wrote:It’s probably a cost thing. The president is campaigning in Pennsylvania tonight. If incumbent presidents want to use VC-25 for campaigning, they must reimburse the government. I’m guessing that costs a lot more than opting to fly Trumo’s personal plane.
The Secret Service isn't going to let him fly on his personal plane, and as noted above, it doesn't have the required comm gear to fly POTUS. Campaigns don't reimburse the government for the full cost of using the VC-25 (or other government aircraft) for campaign purposes, from what I remember, it is along the lines of the value of a first class ticket for "political" passengers carried on board.
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