Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Air Force One

Okay. Now that I have that off my chest...

I've always wondered whether or not Air Force One had a fighter escort when travelling from place to place. If not, why not? If so, why haven't we heard anything about it?

My guess is that Air Force One either has a fighter escort that just keeps a low profile, or, there are fighters with pilots sitting in the cockpits with engines running, ready to scramble on afterburners at each stretch of the trip who can be airborne and wingtip to wingtip with the president in seconds.

But I say, fuck the low profile.

Show binnis is my life. I'm all about the theatrics, baby.

I think that everywhere Air Force One goes, it should have a heavily armed, highly visible, precision flying, fighter-plane Color Guard.

This, is Air Force One.

Beautiful fucking plane!

Imagine Air Force One with a fighter escort of 6 F-22 Raptors, armed to the teeth with state-of-the-art weaponry and avionics, with complimentary, Air Force Oneish paint schemes, all flying in formation...Air Force One in the lead, three fighters completing the V on each wingtip.

(I'm no artist. You'll have to use your imagination. If any web-wizards have a talent for rendering 3D models, maybe they can give us a prototype of what they would look like. That would be cool.)

After Air Force One touches down somplace, the fighter escort can kick off their afterburners, head for the stars, and give a little presidential flourish, maybe even streaming red, white and blue smoke.

In fact, I would go so far as to recommend that the Presidential Escort be composed exclusively of Naval Aviators who are all former Blue Angels.

Give them a cool name like "VF-1: The Guardians" or something.

Not only could they actually provide real, true, badass protection to Air Force One in transit, but they could be Goodwill Ambassadors in foreign countries by giving free, precision-flying airshows in countries all around the world.

Add a bit of monastic mystery by never showing their faces, giving interviews or revealing their names. They are just Guardian One, or Guardian Two, etc.

Picture this all tricked out in Presidential Livery of Blues, White and Mirrored Chrome, just like Air Force One.

I'm tellin' ya, this is a great fucking idea!


"The D" said...

I saw a dcoumentary on Air Force one a few years back on the history channel. If I remember correcty AFO does in fact have a fighter escort.

The show was pretty good it tolf the whole history about AFO and Marine one (his helo). I bet if you searched you could find it and buy the show.

Xavier Onassis said...

That's the whole thing, D. The Air Force has a piece of the presidential transportation pie with Air Force One.

The Marines have a slice with Marine One.

I think the Navy should get to ride shotgun on the presidential stage wagon by providing precision flying protection in transit.

I thinks that would be cool.

Joe said...

Hell of an idea, X.

crse said...

You belong in a think tank somewhere XO. I mean that totally as a compliment.

Xavier Onassis said...

crse - did you say "think tank" or "drunk tank"?

Happy In Bag said...

I swear I heard near-constant rumblings from the sky the night W. slept in KC. I just figured that some version of your concept was already in play.

smedrock said...

I can do the 3d Option you spoke of. Half way through a model of an F22 anyways. Would give me a reason to actually do something for the next week or so while I am off.

Iwanski said...

How about an escort of flying monkeys?