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Response to pangaia (Reply #21)

Sat Jan 27, 2018, 01:42 AM

32. I don't know if it is they can't land the airplanes, it's more a question of whether they want to

Sometimes the safest place to be is in the air, where you have more options of where to relocate the President and his band of merry men. I doubt they plan to actually stay airborne for 10 days -- the meals can be prepared while the aircraft is sitting on the ramp, where the toilets can be serviced. Aerial refueling extends the range from about 7300 miles to anywhere on earth.

As far as the tankers landing is concerned, when I navigated the KC-135 in support of a B-52 whose mission would head over the pole to its Soviet target, our instructions were to give the bomber everything we had until we reached "standpipe," which left us with about 20 minutes of fuel left. Then it was up to us to find somewhere to land.

As an aside, on 9-11 it's always puzzled me why the Secret Service didn't hustle Bush out of the classroom, into the limo and directly to the airport where Air Force One would be sitting with its engines running. Then head due east or west and the President would be out of harm's way in a matter of minutes instead of the hour-plus it took for him to get to end of "My Pet Goat" and then make a statement in front of a backdrop of students. The stop in Alexandria, LA, and Minot AFB, ND, has never been explained, either, especially in light of his statement that he was going to be going directly back to Washington. I guess life always has to have its mysteries. Sorry to get off-topic.

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