Wish I Had Access To My Own Personal G5

Posted on Wed 03/11/2009 by


USAF C-37A, the Military variant of the Gulfstream V Executive aircraft.

USAF C-37A, the Military variant of the Gulfstream V Executive aircraft.

This makes my blood boil.

This is an article from Fox News, but all the outlets reported on it in one way or another.

Enacted as a safety measure after 9/11, and quite understandably so, this enabled the House Speaker to travel to and from his/her Congressional District, but this looks a little like something else right now.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly requested military aircraft to shuttle her and her colleagues and family around the country, treating the Air Force as her “personal airline.”

She obviously disputes any condemnation leveled at her, but anything outside of direct travel to and from Washington for Congressional Sessions seems a little beyond the pale.

The report goes on to say:

Pelosi was notorious for making special demands for high-end aircraft, lodging last-minute cancellations and racking up additional expenses for the military.

It would seem that the Speaker might like to appeal as warm and fuzzy to her constituents, coming off as saying that there should be a balance between work and family, and that work should not be forced to cut into family time, but I guess that doesn’t apply to the Air Force personnel required to work all hours to have her aircraft ready for her at the required time, and then again after she gets off the plane and goes home, especially at those times of last minute cancellations.

The aircraft, when needed for direct flights to and from Washington, should be available to her only, and not used as a personal carrier for family and friends at any time outside of that. That is what the legislation was enacted for in the first place, although surely, those days are past now.

Pelosi aide Kay King complained to the military that they had not made available any aircraft the House speaker wanted for Memorial Day recess.

“It is my understanding there are NO G5s available for the House during the Memorial Day recess. This is totally unacceptable … The Speaker will want to know where the planes are,” King wrote.

In another, when told a certain type of aircraft would not be available, King wrote: “This is not good news, and we will have some very disappointed folks, as well as a very upset Speaker.”

Huh! The upset Speaker will want to know where the planes are! I’ll bet she would.

This aircraft is not just your average small business jet. It’s the top of the line luxury executive aircraft that few executives dream of having access to, let alone the ordinary air traveller who uses the Airlines for all their travel.