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Old 04-01-2008, 03:03 PM   #15
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Because they are taxpayers, reporting to taxpayers, and we value a free press as part of a free democracy?

Evacuated from Yemen? Now that's an interesting story!

Just a heads up: This thread has been flirting with being political, which is a no-no on the forums. Please be sure to stick to the non-political points of the thread. It's actually very interesting, I had no idea about the high-flying Airstream.
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Old 04-01-2008, 04:18 PM   #16
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I could be wrong about this, but I'm pretty sure that reporters do, indeed, pay to fly on government aircraft. All those knuckelheads that you see on Air Force One pay the equivalent of a regular coach fare for the flight, if I'm not mistaken. I "know a guy who knows a guy" who should have a definative answer. I'll see what I can find out.

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Just a heads up: This thread has been flirting with being political, which is a no-no on the forums. Please be sure to stick to the non-political points of the thread. It's actually very interesting, I had no idea about the high-flying Airstream.
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Old 04-01-2008, 05:19 PM   #19
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The C-17 III is a much better Aircraft, larger and four jet engines rather than props. What makes the C-130 so great it can land anywhere!



The C-17 III
C130's got jet engines too



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Old 04-01-2008, 05:53 PM   #20
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I heard a number of times that Mr. Cheney [ed.] takes his Airstream with him when he goes by plane...
Oh, so that's the undisclosed location where he's always hiding out!
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I could be wrong about this, but I'm pretty sure that reporters do, indeed, pay to fly on government aircraft. All those knuckelheads that you see on Air Force One pay the equivalent of a regular coach fare for the flight, if I'm not mistaken. I "know a guy who knows a guy" who should have a definative answer. I'll see what I can find out.

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This is correct but you would not see many reporters fly coach if they had too, AF1 is a really nice way to fly. Think 1st class than a whole lot more..... BTW - it's to the politicos advantage to have them along - many of these White House "reporters" love their perks and "work" (a very kind way of putting it) long and hard at getting to those plush positions.

Their fares are the lowert thay can prove that a commercial airline will charge for the same route. $50 one way L.A. to New York but on AF1 and not AirTran.... what a deal!!!!!
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Good reminder Steph,
We are never going to agree on politics and I've had to delete a couple of posts that I started. It's just to easy to start down that slope and devolve into a flame throwing thread.
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Stand corrected, I just get really confussed when I look out the little ports and see props.
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Thanks, mod.

Politics are a lot like underwear.
Mine are important to me, and I presume that most people - but not all - have some, and find them important as well.

But unless they're literally on fire, or full of fire ants or something I'm kind of not interested in sharing or knowing any more than that.
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Politics are a lot like underwear... unless they're literally on fire, or full of fire ants or something I'm kind of not interested in sharing or knowing any more than that.
Fire? Ants? Dude, where are you shopping for underwear?
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Stand corrected, I just get really confussed when I look out the little ports and see props.
Looking out the wrong port there?

My BIL flies 3rd seat on the C130 and has always joked that he wanted to fly Fat Albert.

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Umm BTY those are not jets, they are (JATO) solid fuel rockets for short filed take-off. Once you light them up, there is no shutting them off.
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Actually putting a 40 foot (?!?) Airstream on a sled so any cargo plane can haul VIPs is a pretty slick way to save my moolah and to provide these officials a comfy way to get around the world.
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