Air Force One
OBAMA’S AIR FORCE ONE: THE HOOK UPS, DRUGS, ‘SUMMER CAMP ON STEROIDS’ – BY STENOGRAPHER BECK DOREY STEIN
- Former White House stenographer Beck Dorey-Stein tells how traveling with President Obama and his press pool was like ‘summer camp on steroids’
- In her upcoming memoir, From Corner of the Oval, Dorey-Stein lifts the lid on her travels on Air Force Once and her affair with a staffer
- Everyone took their drug of choice on long flights: Sonata, Xanax or Ambien – which made ‘awkward intimacy with colleagues suddenly just funny and bizarre,’ she writes
- She broke protocol when she got involved in a hot and heavy sexual relationship with one of Obama’s senior staffers in hotel rooms
- Obama’s traveling staff was almost all women and dubbed ‘the Vagiants’
( Daily Mail ) Beck Dorey-Stein was 25 years old and working five part-time jobs when she serendipitously answered an ad on Craigslist for a stenographer.
Two interviews later, she was offered a job in Barack Obama‘s White House in 2012.
She went from feeling alone in the world to joining a pool of 13 reporters from the White House press corps, traveling with the president and tracking his every move.
Her assignment – with mic in hand – was to record everything the president said, type it up, and release the transcript to the press office and presidential archive.
She also made copious notes on the details of her personal life while traveling to more than 60 countries over five years on Air Force One, and witnessing Obama’s life in midair.
‘Traveling with the president is like summer camp on steroids – a week on the road is like a year at home’, Dorey-Stein writes in her new memoir, From the Corner of the Oval, published by Spiegel & Grau on July 10, 2018.
Read more: EXCLUSIVE: ‘It was like summer camp on steroids.’ White House stenographer lifts lid on President Obama’s Air Force One and reveals how ‘Xanax and Ambien’ on long flights made ‘awkward hookups with colleagues funny and bizarre’
- A doctor, 2,000 meals and 85 phones: Air Force One is loaded with amenities
The current U.S. Air Force planes (VC-25A), which are highly modified Boeing 747-200 series aircraft, have served the presidency since 1990 as “airborne Oval Offices” and are quickly reaching the end of their lifespan.
“The Boeing 747-200 ceased production in 1987 and is no longer operated in the U.S. commercial passenger-carrying industry. The Air Force is the only remaining domestic operator,” according to a U.S. Air Force statement.
What’s more, the replacement parts for the current Air Force One jets are diminishing and therefore becoming an “ever-increasing problem that will continue to worsen.”
Here are a few features of the undisputed queen of the skies.
- The aircraft’s interior sprawls 4,000 square feet.
- Air Force One has a conference room, dining room, an Oval Office, a bedroom and bathroom for the president, as well as offices for senior staff members.
- The aircraft has a medical room and a separate operating room to handle medical emergencies.
- Air Force One also comes with its own doctor.
- The galley can produce prepare up to 2,000 meals.
- The plane is equipped with encryption and scrambling devices for secure air-to-ground communication.
- There are 85 phones for classified and unclassified use.
- It features armored windows.
- Each exit is equipped with its own staircase so that crew do not have to depend on foreign assets.
- The new plane will be 18 feet and 2 inches longer, and will weigh 142,000 lbs more.
WHITE HOUSE STILL PLAUGED WITH LEAKS: WaPo – Trump advisers aboard Air Force One discussed strategy about Trump Jr.-Russia hysteria
- Latest leak: Trump’s advisers discussed how to respond to a new revelation that Trump’s oldest son had met with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign .
- What Trump advisers did is NOT A CRIME, admits Washington Post – but they know the memo: the deranged media must report it as if it’s a crime.
From Daily Caller:
In Trump’s first 126 days in office, from Jan. 20 to May 25, there were at least 125 news articles based on classified information that were published in prominent national news outlets, according to a report published Thursday by the Republican side of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee
A 24 page senate report, “State Secrets: How an Avalanche of Media Leaks is Harming National Security,” exposed a stunning number of White House leaks to left-wing media outlets like New York Times ( owned by Mexican billionaire Carlos Sim ) and Washington Post ( owned by Jeff Bezos, another anti-Trump billionaire and founder of Amazon ).
President Trump’s advisers discussed how to respond to a new revelation that Trump’s oldest son had met with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign.
… Although misleading the public or the news media is not a crime, advisers to Trump and his family told The Washington Post that they fear any indication that Trump was seeking to hide information about contacts between his campaign and Russians almost inevitably would draw additional scrutiny from Mueller.
From Washington Free Beacon:
Investigation: Mechanics Contaminated Air Force One Plane, Causing $4 Million in Damage and Threat of Fire
Use of contaminated parts could have sparked a fire on plane
Airline mechanics assigned to perform critical maintenance on the fleet of Air Force One planes used to fly President Donald Trump and previous presidents were caught using contaminated tools on the craft, causing more than $4 million in damage that could have caused a fire to break out on the plane, according to a federal investigation.
Three mechanics working for Boeing, which has a contract to perform critical maintenance on the Air Force One fleet, “failed to observe explicit warnings” while attempting to clean the plane at a Boeing-owned plant in San Antonio, Texas.
Boeing, which has caused a firestorm on Capitol Hill over its efforts to sell Iran billions of dollars worth of planes that many suspect will be used to facilitate terrorism operations, caused more than $4 million in damage to the plane.
The dangerous cleaning methods employed by the Boeing employees could have caused a fire to break out on board the plane, according to an investigation, which refers to the three employees in question as “Mishap Mechanics,” or “MM.”
The shoddy work took place during routine maintenance checks performed from April 1 through April 10 of 2016.
Three mechanics involved in the incident all were “assigned to the Presidential Airlift Squadron, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland,” according to the investigation. “The three Boeing mechanics were supporting the heavy maintenance contract between the United States Air Force and Boeing.”
Investigators found that “three factors substantially contributed to the mishap.”
“First, MM2 failed to observe explicit warnings concerning cleanliness while performing tasks on the [plane’s] oxygen system,” according to the investigation. “Second, Boeing failed to exercise adequate oversight over the timeliness and quality of maintenance being performed on the [aircraft]. Lastly, MM1, MM2, and MM3 failed to absorb or retain oxygen system training and failed to apply cleanliness procedures while performing oxygen system maintenance.”
President Trump delayed for forty-five minutes leaving from Air Force One upon arrival at Joint Base Andrews just outside of Washington, D.C. Sunday night from a weekend at Trump’s golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Air Force One landed at 8:40 P.M. EDT. Trump left the plane at 9:25.
Senior Trump aide and son-in-law Jared Kushner told the media that the President was “just working on something.” A White House official later said on background Trump was holding a meeting but did not explain further. It was reported that Deputy National Security Advisor KT McFarland was seen on Marine One, the helicopter used to shuttle the President between the White House and JB Andrews.
TRUMP MEETS WITH BOEING AND LOCKHEED MARTIN CEOs TO GET PRICE DOWN FOR AIR FORCE ONE AND FIGHTER JETS
Trump tweeted December 6: ‘Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!’
Trump on Facebook December 22 :‘Boeing CEO says he’ll build Air Force Ones for less than $4 billion after Trump meeting’
Donald Trump is showing corporate America he’s not going to waste American taxpayers money buying a $4 billion Air Force One from Boeing, unless it’s reasonably priced. Same thing with Lockheed Martin for fighter jets F-35.
Mr. Trump said he was mainly concerned about Lockheed Martin’s new F-35 fighter jet, which, at $400 billion for 2,400 jets, “is very, very expensive.” Asked if he had won any concessions in the meeting, he said, “We’re just beginning, it’s a dance.”
“We’re going to get the costs down,” he added, “and we’re going to get it done beautifully.”
Mr. Trump said he also was “looking to cut a tremendous amount of money” from a Boeing program to build new Air Force One planes that provide mobile command centers for the president. – NY Times: Trump Meets Boeing and Lockheed Executives After Assailing Them on Jet Costs
From Washington Examiner: Boeing CEO says he’ll build Air Force Ones for less than $4 billion after Trump meeting
Boeing will build the new Air Force One for less than $4 billion, the CEO told reporters Wednesday after meeting with President-elect Trump.
Dennis Muilenburg, the Boeing CEO, praised Trump for his “business head” and said the two had a very productive meeting where they discussed how the country could build two new Air Force One planes for less than the $4 billion, which Trump criticized on Twitter this month.
“We’re going to get it done for less than that,” Muilenburg said. “I was able to give the president-elect my personal commitment on behalf of the Boeing Company. This is a business that’s important to us. We work on Air Force One because it’s important to our country and we’re going to make sure that he gets the best capability and that it’s done affordably.”
When asked about the timeline, Muilenburg said “that’s what we’re going to work on together.”
Trump dumps the new Air Force One: President-elect announces that the U.S. should cancel Boeing order because ‘ridiculous’ $4billion costs are ‘totally out of control’
- President-elect tweeted that ‘costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!’
- He spoke to reporters less than an hour later, saying Boeing ‘is doing a little bit of a number. We want Boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money’
- Congress set aside $1.65 billion last year to cover the entire Air Force One replacement through 2019
- It’s unclear where Trump’s $4 billion number originated but his spokesman cited aircraft construction plus ‘research and development’ costs
- White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Trump’s numbers ‘don’t appear to reflect the nature of the financial agreement between Boeing and the Department of Defense’
- The ‘mobile Oval Office’ includes 4,000 square feet of space on three separate levels, a dining room, a medical operating room and missile defenses