peterinlisbon wrote:He probably took the 757 to showcase his modesty. A lot of people have been saying that he's a very modest leader, maybe even the most modest.
mysterzip wrote:Is his family with him? VC-25 carries some media, doesn’t it? So if the POTUS would bring the rest of his family with him, they may not all fit.
As the Commander-in-Chief, POTUS has used Air Force equipment for the simple reason that it’s secure enough. From a security standpoint, it wouldn’t be very safe for him to be on the single 757 that he owns.
FriscoHeavy wrote:I was wondering the same thing.
I almost wonder if he took the 747 to India and the 757 intra-India.
As a side note, when talking about a name, the first letter is capitalized (Trump).
rfields5421 wrote:The President of the United States does not get to decide which aircraft to use.
That is a joint decision between the Secret Service and the USAF. He can express a preference, but they decide the aircraft to use for that mission. They can and will scrub a mission if they think it is not advisable.
I'm sure both VC-25's (if they were available) were in or near India in addition to the E-4B near India. A state visit also involves several support aircraft, at least two or three B-737/757 aircraft and four or five bizjet aircraft for staff, the advance team, etc. Along with two B-777/A-330 aircraft chartered by the new media.
Add in about 20-30 C-5 or C-17 missions for the limos, security teams, etc and any tanker support. You’re looking at a big bill. Also, there’s a little known office called the WHAM-o. White House Military Office (WHMP) that does all the coordination. I did a Banner mission during Winter Olympics, offhandedly someone mentioned staying rather than an overnight flight to home station. Someone spoke into their lapel and magically asked, “how many rooms?”.
Both VC-25s will be available.
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