ti mh4000 wrote:When you say both planes do you mean both 747's or the 757 that is primarily used for the v-president and on occasion the president
flapsdown40 wrote:The subject title says it all. I was just wondering if a Lt. Col flies AIR FORCE TWO in the left seat as the commander of the aircraft.
I know that a full Colonel always sits in the left seat of AIR FORCE ONE, which made me wonder if a Lt. Col is assigned the left seat on AF2.
This begs 3 questions in my mind:
1) What rank usually (or always) sits in the right seat of AF1 and AF2, respectively,
2) Do the pilots on both AF1 and AF2 "swap legs" (flight segments) as civilian captains and first officers do?
For example, say that POTUS flies to 3 different states to make campaign speeches in each state. Does the Colonel and the "first officer" take turns flying AF1?
3) What Col is arank is the pilot (left seat) that flies the backup 747 wherever AF1 goes? Colonel? Lt. Col? Maybe even a "senior" Major who is being considered for a promotion to Lt Col?
Thank you in advance for any responses to my questions.
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