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A Quick Look at the Boeing C-32A Flying as Air Force 2 Into Detroit And The Vice-Presidential Motorcade

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Air Force 2, a Boeing C-32A, on the ground at Detroit’s Wayne County Metro Airport with Vice-President Kamala Harris on Monday, July 12, 2021. (All images: Author)

Vice-President’s Aircraft And Motorcade Are Smaller And More Mobil Than President’s.

Keen-eyed aviation photographers got a rare, up-close look at Air Force 2 during its visit to Detroit’s Wayne County Metropolitan Airport (DTW) in Romulus, Michigan on Monday, June 12, 2021, when U.S. Vice-President Kamala Harris visited Detroit for a series of speeches and meetings. Thanks to members of a local aircraft spotting Facebook group and the U.S. Secret Service, TheAviationist was able to take some up-close photos of this interesting aircraft on the ground Monday at DTW and photograph the Vice-President’s motorcade up close.

The U.S. Vice-President’s aircraft, as you know, uses the callsign “Air Force 2” when the Vice-President is on board. And while this callsign applies to any aircraft the Vice-President may be flying on, it is most commonly a U.S. Air Force C-32A transport from the 89th Airlift Wing based at Joint Base Andrews in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Boeing C-32A flying as Air Force 2

The C-32A VIP transport is a heavily modified Boeing 757 airliner used for the U.S. Vice-President, the Secretary of State and the First Lady or Gentleman.

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The Boeing C-32A flying as Air Force 2, at Detroit’s Wayne County Metro Airport with Vice-President Kamala Harris on Monday, July 12, 2021.

Interestingly, a second variant of the Boeing C-32, called the C-32B, is used to transport, “U.S. State Department Foreign Emergency Support Teams (FEST), which deploy in response to terrorism incidents around the world. They may also fly in support of CIA Special Activities” according to an article on AmericanSpecialOps.com. Photos of the C-32B show that it is painted in a non-descript white paint scheme. The aircraft is also equipped with special long-range fuel tanks and midair refueling capability. There are reportedly only two of the C-32B special operations variants, one is based at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey and operated by the 150th Special Operations Squadron, while the other, even more fascinating aircraft is flown out of Eglin AFB in Florida and operated by the shadowy 486th Flight Test Squadron.

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Crew members of Boeing C-32A at Detroit’s Wayne County Metro Airport with Vice-President Kamala Harris on Monday, July 12, 2021.

The C-32 we saw on Monday in Michigan operating as Air Force 2 had the fairly new satellite communications dome on the top of the forward fuselage housing a Jetwave Ka band satcom unit for secure airborne communications.

The Motorcade

The Vice-Presidential motorcade was smaller than the Presidential motorcade we saw at DTW earlier this year during a visit by U.S. President Joe Biden. This motorcade still appeared to use two nearly identical VIP vehicles that were heavily up-armored. The vehicles change places frequently while en route as a security measure.

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A pair of up-armored U.S. Secret Service SUVs, one of which is carrying Vice-President Kamala Harris to meetings in Detroit on Monday, July 12, 2021.

A new (to us) vehicle did appear in the Vice-Presidential motorcade that was not apparent in the Presidential motorcade we saw earlier this year. This vehicle looked like a cross between an ambulance and a utility service truck. The all-black vehicle, built on a heavy-duty Ford pick-up truck chassis, had a panel box rear end with four interesting external doors or unusual shapes on the right side, an array of interesting antennae on the roof, and a number of other apparently heavy-duty accessories installed. Some sources report this vehicle as a, “U.S. Secret Service Protection Division Ford F550 Tactical Unit”.

A somewhat mysterious U.S. Secret Service utility vehicle in the Vice-President’s motorcade on Monday.
A police SWAT vehicle was in evidence near Air Force 2 during the Vice-President’s visit.

After the Vice-President left the airport for her meetings in downtown Detroit, a two-man security contingent could be seen providing overwatch on the parked aircraft in addition to a strong Secret Service presence near the aircraft. The USAF flight crew could also be seen after they deplaned.

At least two law enforcement personnel provided overwatch for the Vice-Presidential Boeing C-32A at Detroit’s Wayne County Metro Airport.

Acknowledgements: TheAviationist would like to thank the U.S. Secret Service for escorting our correspondent to photograph Air Force 2 and Mr. Robert Helms for his kind and informed assistance in covering this story.

Tom Demerly is a feature writer, journalist, photographer and editorialist who has written articles that are published around the world on TheAviationist.com, TACAIRNET.com, Outside magazine, Business Insider, We Are The Mighty, The Dearborn Press & Guide, National Interest, Russia’s government media outlet Sputnik, and many other publications. Demerly studied journalism at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Michigan. Tom Demerly served in an intelligence gathering unit as a member of the U.S. Army and Michigan National Guard. His military experience includes being Honor Graduate from the U.S. Army Infantry School at Ft. Benning, Georgia (Cycle C-6-1) and as a Scout Observer in a reconnaissance unit, Company “F”, 425th INF (RANGER/AIRBORNE), Long Range Surveillance Unit (LRSU). Demerly is an experienced parachutist, holds advanced SCUBA certifications, has climbed the highest mountains on three continents and visited all seven continents and has flown several types of light aircraft.

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Sunwing survey reveals that 58% of Canadians intend to travel in the next 12 months

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Research shows that more than half of respondents will travel this holiday season

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TORONTO, July 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — With more Canadians getting vaccinated across the country and borders beginning to reopen, a new survey commissioned by Sunwing has revealed a pent-up demand for travel.

The results indicated that more than half (58%) of Canadians plan on returning to travel in the next 12 months, with over two-thirds (68%) of those respondents indicating they are interested in an all inclusive vacation. What’s more, according to the research, 57% of Canadians with at least one dose of the vaccine intend on travelling this upcoming holiday season.

The survey was conducted by Sunwing among members of the Angus Reid Forum between July 19-20, 2021 with a nationally representative sample of 1,533 Canadians, in both English and French. For comparison purposes only, a sample of this size would yield a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

“As we emerge from the pandemic following almost a year without travel, we’re seeing more demand than ever before,” commented Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations at Sunwing. “As our research shows, holiday and winter departures are becoming increasingly popular as Canadians look to make up for last year’s lockdown. We’re already seeing some of the most popular resorts selling out on key winter dates, which rarely happens so early in the booking cycle. We recommend travellers book soon to secure their piece of paradise under our wing.”

The survey also uncovered that there is a growing interest in group bookings; younger travellers are especially eager to vacation as a group, with almost 40% of respondents aged 18-34 indicating they would be travelling with friends on their next getaway. In addition, more than one-third (38%) of all respondents who plan on travelling in the next 12 months indicated an interest in vacationing with family members, while nearly three-quarters (71%) expressed an intent to travel with their partner or significant other.

“We’re seeing some exciting new travel trends emerge as Canadians plan their highly anticipated vacations,” commented Samantha Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer at Sunwing. “Group getaways are becoming increasingly sought after, as family and friends plan to reunite at an all inclusive resort, while travelling with a significant other is another popular choice. This shows that there is heightened demand for frictionless vacation experiences – just book, travel and enjoy.”

Additional survey insights include:

  • Residents of British Columbia are significantly more likely to be planning leisure travel this holiday season, with 71% indicating they would be travelling this winter;
  • 68% of respondents from across the country who plan on travelling within the next year are interested in an all inclusive vacation, with the most interest from Saskatchewan and Manitoba (78%) and Atlantic Canada (73%);
  • Respondents from British Columbia (71%), Saskatchewan (64%) and Alberta (61%) were most interested in travelling during the upcoming holiday season.

Canadians keen to travel in the coming months can head back to paradise with Sunwing, as the tour operator will be resuming flights to select destinations starting on July 30, 2021. Customers who book their well-deserved getaway by August 9, 2021 can enjoy flexible booking options* including the ability to change or cancel anytime with ease, complimentary Price Drop Cash Back of up to $800 per couple at select resort and convenient monthly payment options.

*Terms and conditions apply, visit sunwing.ca for more details.

About Sunwing
The largest integrated travel company in North America, Sunwing has more flights to the south than any other leisure carrier with convenient direct service from airports across Canada to popular sun destinations across the U.S.A., Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. This scale enables Sunwing to offer customers exclusive deals at top-rated resorts in the most popular vacation destinations as well as cruise packages and seasonal domestic flight service. Sunwing customers benefit from the assistance of the company’s own knowledgeable destination representatives, who greet them upon arrival and support them throughout their vacation journey. The company supports the communities where it operates through the Sunwing Foundation, a charitable initiative focused on the support and development of youth and humanitarian aid.

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‘The engine quit’: Windsor pilot makes emergency landing in Chatham-Kent field

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Chris Campbell, CTV Windsor News Reporter | Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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Jim Pollard owns the farm where the small plane flew from in Chatham-Kent on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. (Chris Campbell / CTV Windsor)

WINDSOR, ONT. — A Windsor pilot was not injured after making an emergency landing in Chatham-Kent and the property owner says the engine just quit.

Jim Pollard owns the farm where the small plane flew from. He says the pilot and owner keep their plane on his property which has a hangar and landing strip.

“The plane took off and the engine quit. Just stopped dead,” says Pollard.

Chatham-Kent police say a pilot from Windsor was flying in Chatham-Kent when his CH-601 aircraft engine failed around 8 p.m. Tuesday night.

“He landed it straight, pretty well straight ahead just like you’re supposed to and missed everything and just kind of arrived back at the ground a little abruptly,” says Pollard.

Pollard said he was first on scene and was able to help the pilot out of the cockpit without issue.

“Too bad for the damage to the plane, but that’s not too important compared to the injuries that you could get during something like that.”

The pilot declined to comment, but Pollard credits aviation training for avoiding a potential disaster.

“If an engine quits on takeoff, try not to hit anything hard and don’t try to turnaround back to the airport or anything like that and just fly the plane,” Pollard adds. “That’s drilled into you second nature.”

Pollard tells CTV News that Transport Canada conducted their investigation over the phone and that the plane now needs repairs.

“Transport Canada said we could pack it up and do what we wanted,” he says.

The pilot made an emergency landing in a field on Middle Line in Chatham-Kent. (Source: Melissa Doyle)

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‘The engine quit’: Windsor pilot makes emergency landing in Chatham-Kent field

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Chris Campbell, CTV Windsor News Reporter | Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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Jim Pollard owns the farm where the small plane flew from in Chatham-Kent on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. (Chris Campbell / CTV Windsor)

WINDSOR, ONT. — A Windsor pilot was not injured after making an emergency landing in Chatham-Kent and the property owner says the engine just quit.

Jim Pollard owns the farm where the small plane flew from. He says the pilot and owner keep their plane on his property which has a hangar and landing strip.

“The plane took off and the engine quit. Just stopped dead,” says Pollard.

Chatham-Kent police say a pilot from Windsor was flying in Chatham-Kent when his CH-601 aircraft engine failed around 8 p.m. Tuesday night.

“He landed it straight, pretty well straight ahead just like you’re supposed to and missed everything and just kind of arrived back at the ground a little abruptly,” says Pollard.

Pollard said he was first on scene and was able to help the pilot out of the cockpit without issue.

“Too bad for the damage to the plane, but that’s not too important compared to the injuries that you could get during something like that.”

The pilot declined to comment, but Pollard credits aviation training for avoiding a potential disaster.

“If an engine quits on takeoff, try not to hit anything hard and don’t try to turnaround back to the airport or anything like that and just fly the plane,” Pollard adds. “That’s drilled into you second nature.”

Pollard tells CTV News that Transport Canada conducted their investigation over the phone and that the plane now needs repairs.

“Transport Canada said we could pack it up and do what we wanted,” he says.

The pilot made an emergency landing in a field on Middle Line in Chatham-Kent. (Source: Melissa Doyle)

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‘The engine quit’: Windsor pilot makes emergency landing in Chatham-Kent field

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Chris Campbell, CTV Windsor News Reporter | Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Plane crash

Jim Pollard owns the farm where the small plane flew from in Chatham-Kent on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. (Chris Campbell / CTV Windsor)

WINDSOR, ONT. — A Windsor pilot was not injured after making an emergency landing in Chatham-Kent and the property owner says the engine just quit.

Jim Pollard owns the farm where the small plane flew from. He says the pilot and owner keep their plane on his property which has a hangar and landing strip.

“The plane took off and the engine quit. Just stopped dead,” says Pollard.

Chatham-Kent police say a pilot from Windsor was flying in Chatham-Kent when his CH-601 aircraft engine failed around 8 p.m. Tuesday night.

“He landed it straight, pretty well straight ahead just like you’re supposed to and missed everything and just kind of arrived back at the ground a little abruptly,” says Pollard.

Pollard said he was first on scene and was able to help the pilot out of the cockpit without issue.

“Too bad for the damage to the plane, but that’s not too important compared to the injuries that you could get during something like that.”

The pilot declined to comment, but Pollard credits aviation training for avoiding a potential disaster.

“If an engine quits on takeoff, try not to hit anything hard and don’t try to turnaround back to the airport or anything like that and just fly the plane,” Pollard adds. “That’s drilled into you second nature.”

Pollard tells CTV News that Transport Canada conducted their investigation over the phone and that the plane now needs repairs.

“Transport Canada said we could pack it up and do what we wanted,” he says.

The pilot made an emergency landing in a field on Middle Line in Chatham-Kent. (Source: Melissa Doyle)

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