Last weekend’s Group of Twenty summit in Germany (July 7-8) provided a great opportunity to see many governmental aircraft, support aircraft and helicopters. AFM contributor Rene Köhler was on hand to capture some of the more interesting visitors to Hamburg Airport for the twelfth meeting of the G20.
Specially adapted Royal Air Force Voyager ZZ336 is configured with 58 business-class seats, rather than the usual 291 economy seats. The aircraft’s conversion to VIP standard was part of the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review, which contended that the aircraft would be cheaper to operate than equivalent charter flights. As well as the British government, the Royal Family also has access to the jet.
In service since February 2016, Fuerza Aérea Mexicana (Mexican Air Force) 787-8 XC-MEX is operated by the Coordinacion General de Transportes Aereos Presidenciales. This unit is located at Estacion Aérea Militar 1 in Mexico City, where it is co-located with Benito Juárez International Airport.
The Special Flight Detachment (Spetsialny Letny Otryad Rossiya) provides VIP transport for Russian governmental officials. Tu-214 RA-64521 is one of four examples of the type in service since 2003.
From April 2010 onwards, the Republic of Korea Air Force has leased a single Boeing 747-4B5 from Korean Air, to act as a long-range presidential/VVIP transport. The aircraft is operated by the RoKAF’s 296th Squadron, part of the 15th Special Missions Wing/35th Combined Group Air Force based at Seoul AB.
President Donald Trump’s VC-25A 82-8000. Two examples of the 747-based VC-25 were acquired for use by the US Air Force Presidential Airlift Squadron in 1990 and 1991, respectively. They are operated by the Presidential Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.
VH-60N 163259. A total of nine of these Black Hawk derivatives entered US Marine Corps service from 1987. An attrition loss occurred on May 19, 1993 near Quantico, Virginia. The operating unit is Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) Marine Corps Air Facility Quantico.
US Army CH-47F 13-08434 was one of the 49 US Army helicopters have arrived in Europe for a nine-month deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve earlier this year. The helicopters from the 10th Mountain Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Drum, New York were unloaded from the ship Endurance at the port of Bremerhaven, Germany on February 11.
They comprised 12 CH-47F Chinooks, 12 medevac-configured HH-60Ms, and 25 UH-60L/M Black Hawks operated by the brigade’s 2-10th Assault Helicopter and the 3-10th General Support Aviation Battalions. The rotorcraft were accompanied by 350 vehicles and 1,800 personnel from the 10th CAB.
Since then the main force of helicopters have been based in Illesheim and Katterbach, Bavaria, with detachments operating from Lielvārde air base, Latvia, and at Mihail Kogălniceanu air base, Romania.