Skip to comments.Pelosi flies disputed military jet home [nonstop!]
Posted on 02/11/2007 4:22:42 PM PST by John Jorsett
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the subject of Republican criticism for her mode of air travel, flew home nonstop Thursday night aboard a 12-seat military aircraft set aside for use by lawmakers.
Republican House members, aided by friendly radio and television talk show hosts, created a political tempest this week, claiming Pelosi was pressuring the Pentagon for the use of an "Air Force Three" and a "flying Lincoln Bedroom." Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, however, the administration has required the speaker -- then Republican Dennis Hastert of Illinois -- to travel home and on official business using military planes for security reasons.
House Sergeant at Arms Bill Livingood said he had asked the Pentagon to provide a plane large enough to fly Pelosi nonstop to San Francisco, citing the security concerns.
Even the White House defended the Democratic speaker. The president's spokesman, Tony Snow, on Thursday called the criticism "unfair" and the flap "a silly story."
Pelosi flew nonstop from the nation's capital to San Francisco to attend the funeral services of the late Lt. Gov. Leo McCarthy aboard a C-37A, the military's version of a Gulfstream V that can travel 6,300 miles. It is one of the planes used regularly by Hastert, Pelosi's office and the Pentagon said.
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Just call her QUEEN NANCY!
God how I detest hypocrites and double standards!
Twelve seats vs. 42. Same non-stop capability.
"It is one of the planes used regularly by Hastert, Pelosi's office and the Pentagon said."
So I guess the plane CAN make it coast to coast without refueling after all, despite Pelosi's claims to the contrary, when she used it as a reason to try to get a bigger plane.
Of course she can fly nonstop, Pelosi is so full of gas she could make it round trip.
The socialist "mainstream" newsrooms didn't want you to notice that.
It is one of the planes used regularly by Hastert
Does the plane have ejection seats for the crew?
Here's the C-37A:
The Gulfstream V is a very nice aircraft.
I think the whole thing has been ridiculous from the beginning. There should never have been passed a law stating that the Speaker should have military transport for security reasons. The President deserves it. The Vice President deserves it. Nobody else in the line of succession needs it. They don't get Secret Security protection, why the need for a miltiary plane? And if the second in line of succession needs a plane for security reasons then why not the third in line? And the fouth? And the 10th? Congress should repeal this stupid idea.
Maybe they mid-air refueled. /sarc
People on the left think that military folks are thugs, rapists and murderers. Yet they seem happy to travel on military planes with military crews. It's odd.
"Tony Snow, on Thursday called the criticism "unfair" and the flap "a silly story."
And just what is 300,000 bucks cost one way is so unfair or silly, Tony??
Did you notice in the story how the House Sergeant at Arms took the rap for the request for the larger plane and how they said Tony Snow was all for nancy getting her plane.?
They also blamed the whole affair on Republican House members.
When the Dem machine gets rolling truth is long gone.
Remember the press Newt Gingrich got when he complained about sitting in the back of Air Force One back in 1995?
Whose air force?
I hope you all realize these stories of pelosi wanting a military jet for domestic flights is bogus. She really wants the longest leggy ranged aircraft so she can confer with our enemies under the guise of diplomatic missions.
I don't have a problem with this. Lots of VIP's fly on military aircraft -- from the first lady to high-ranking military leaders. The speaker of the house needs to have good communications with Washington at all times, so it makes sense to travel on military planes. It was only when she requested a 757 that I thought she went too far.
Less than half the range of a G-V.
And she had the gall to complain about "having to refuel"?
She flew home for the funeral of another Dem politico! So, would that be $600,000 round-trip?
Queen Nancy indeed.
Believe me, I'm no Nancy Pelosi fan, but we should stick to the facts. As was pointed out earlier, the smaller aircraft can fly the route non-step IF the weather conditions/atmospherics are right. Sometimes they will be, sometimes they won't. The larger aircraft would always be able to fly the route non-stop.
queen? She's more like the ultimate salon addict: hair nails nails hair makeup hair makeup all the time. She strikes me as the neighborhood mob princess who made it all the way to the speakership. Only a Dem could do that.
Starting with FULL tanks, a Gulfstream V can fly from Washington to SF AND BACK without refueling.
Bad weather can reduce the plane's range from 6300 miles to 2100?
Should, God forbid, Hillary become President she will probably demand a golden litter carried by slaves just like the Queen of Sheba.
Liberals sure like the military when it serves to coach them around.
No it can't. It can reduce to it but not to that level.
The job does have it's perks
Park her ass in a seat like every other normal person, skip the rest of the liberal limousine requests.
The Speaker wasn't issued a military plane until after 9/11. It's a waste of resources, always has been and always will be.
I can see that in my mind's eye.
The horror. The horror.
No, but I can see a scenario where you might have to fly a long distance out of your way to avoid a bad weather front. Of course, a weather front like that would be bleedin' obvious before you even file your flight plan. In which case you would simply not take off in the first place if you were unwilling to make a refueling stop.
$5000 an hour plus crew costs
And the govt. wants me to pay taxes for crap like this.
The bigger plane was all about more seats to allow access,ie the donor express.I'm sure there were several coffees planned.
The 89th Airlift Wings 99th Airlift Squadron, Andrews Air Force Base, Md., operates four C-37A's. The 6th Air Mobility Wings 310th Airlift Squadron, MacDill AFB, Fla., operates three C-37A's. Both the 15th Airlift Wing, 65th Airlift Squadron at Hickam AFB, Hawaii, and the 86th Airlift Wing, 309th Airlift Squadron, at Chievres Air Base, Belgium, have one C-37A.
Primary Function: Special air missions
Builder: Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.
Power Plant: Two BMW/Rolls Royce BR710A1-10 high bypass
ratio turbofan engines Thrust: 14,750 pounds each engine Length: 96 feet, 5 inches (29.38 meters) Height: 25 feet, 11 inches (7.9 meters) Wingspan: 93 feet, 6 inches (28.5 meters) Speed: 600 mph (.885 Mach) maximum Maximum Altitude: 51,000 feet (15,545 meters) Maximum Takeoff Weight: 90,500 pounds (41,050 kilograms) Range: 6,300 miles (5,500 nautical miles) normal cruise Load: 12 passengers Unit Cost: $36 million (1998 constant dollars) Crew: Five Date Deployed: 1998 Inventory: Active force, 9; Air National Guard, 0; Reserve, 0
The G-5 can fly from D.C. to San Fran, make a 180 turn and return to D.C. NonStop. Pelosi and her cadre always knew that! They wanted a plane equivalent to the Vice Presidents as a symbol of power(eg. actually decadence).
Teresa Heinz has a Gulfstream 3 by comparison and it will make the same DC to SF run with over a 1000 nm still in reserve. This story that she needed a nonstop plane and hence the 757 was and is a pile of crap! The Gulfstream just was too small for her perceived new status and those of her Entourage.
I agree and understand the need for security .. since the speaker is the next person in line to the Presidency - if something should happen to the Pres and the VP.
However, I really felt the 42 seater was a bit much .. AND TOTALLY UNNECESSARY. The 12 seater could easily make the non-stop trip.
And .. while the dims are whining so much about the deficit .. it was a bit irritating for her to insist on spending hundreds of thousands of dollars WEEKLY for a trip home.
Besides .. landing to refuel (if necessary) at a military base could have easily been accommodated.