If you were watching the news at all this last week then you know by now that former President Bill Clinton took a short, quick trip to North Korea to pick up a couple of young ladies. He flew from the United States on 8-3-09 and back to US shores on 8-4-09 after a quick stop in Pyongyang. I was curious how this was worked out, and it seems that Burbank, CA based Avjet Corporation was called upon to provide a Boeing Business Jet for the trip. The company was able to make the arrangements, including permission for an overflight from Russia and setting up ground support at Elmendorf AFB in Alaska.
Within the short time span of sixty-six hours the trip was arranged and was conducted as a private flight. This particular aircraft, owned by Stephen Bing of Los Angeles, has seven auxiliary fuel tanks providing the aircraft with a range of 5,500 nautical miles. However, the longest leg for the flight was the 2,700 nm leg between Elmendorf AFB and Misawa AFB in Japan. It is believed that the flight from Japan to North Korea was escorted by North Korean fighter jets during the whole time it operated in North Korean airspace. After being on the ground approximately 20 hours the aircraft safely returned to Japan with its precious cargo on board. The flight crew remained on the aircraft the entire time. It's nice to see some good news and press for general aviation. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect. — Captain A. G. Lamplugh, British Aviation Insurance Group