A Douglas VC-9, which flew vice presidents and US dignitaries for 35 years, touched down at Dover AFB, Del., where it will remain on permanent display at the Air Mobility Command Museum on base. Assigned to the 89th Airlift Squadron at Andrews AFB, Md., serial number 73-1682 served as “Air Force Two” ferrying vice presidents from Walter Mondale to Dick Cheney, before passing to Air Force Reserve Command’s 932nd Airlift Wing at Scott AFB, Ill., in 2005. Adapted from the DC-9, the aircraft boasts secure communications and extended-range fuel tanks. The aircraft flew its final active duty mission shuttling officials to the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.”Having a presidential fleet airplane allows us to tell the fact that we not only haul beans and bacon and bombs and supplies, we haul passengers, and in this case, America’s leaders,” Museum Director Mike Leister, told Delaware Online.
March 4, 2024
The Air Force has published images of an operational hypersonic Air-Launched Rapid-Response Weapon (ARRW) in Guam; a disclosure possibly meant to send a message to China but which raises questions about the future of the ARRW, which the Air Force insists it is not planning to procure in quantity.