On February 5th, 2021, President Joe Biden made his first flight aboard Air Force One, travelling from Joint Base Andrews to New Castle Air National Guard Base for a weekend trip to his home state of Delaware, the Associated Press reported. Here is the video showing Biden boarding Air Force One from C-SPAN: https://www.c-span.org/video/?508747-101/joint-base-andrews-departure
However, some people took note of the fact that Biden was boarding an airplane that resembled the C-32, a modified Boeing 757, commonly used by the Vice President as Air Force Two, instead of the VC-25A, a modified Boeing 747. Some Trump supporters even went as far as claiming that the reason for this was because Donald Trump was still in control of the presidency so he was still in possesion of the original Air Force One, forcing Biden to use a decoy airplane. This follows a series of allegations that Biden has been using fake props and movie sets to make the impression that he is the President. See comments: Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4ou5ia9JBE&ab_channel=NewsNOWfromFOX
However, the reason is very simple. From the official White House government website: https://www.whitehouse.gov/about-the-white-house/the-grounds/air-force-one/
- Technically, “Air Force One” is used to designate any Air Force aircraft carrying the President, but it is now standard practice to use the term to refer to specific planes that are equipped to transport the Commander-in-Chief.
- Today, this name refers to one of two highly customized Boeing 747-200B series aircraft, which carry the tail codes 28000 and 29000. The Air Force designation for the aircraft is VC-25A.
So while it is common to refer to either of the VC-25A as "Air Force One" in colloquial use, the name actually refers to a call sign and it is not the official name of any aircraft. Ok then, so why was Biden using the C-32 aircraft? Well, Biden was travelling from Maryland to Wilmington, and 90 mile trip that could be completed in about 90 minutes by car (assuming no traffic) or in about half an hour by airplane. Using a presidential motorcade would involve closing highways and other logistical shenaningans, so it is easier, and somewhat safer, to just go there on an airplane. I don't know if Biden could've used Marine One, which he used to get to Joint Base Andrews as seen in the C-SPAN video, but perhaps the helicopter did not have sufficient fuel load to complete the trip and it would take some time to fuel the helicopter.
Here is a video of Donald Trump boarding the C-32: Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLWijBshhb4&ab_channel=NewsNOWfromFOX
Bonus laugh: some Trump supporter started spamming the comment section saying that the background moving is evidence of this being staged because Biden is walking in a circle. Yes, I don't know what the heck this means but apparently the concept of "camera panning" is a complete unknown concept to this guy.
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