What does Joe Biden's Boeing 757 dubbed "Air Force Two" and a Piper J3 Cub have in common? Not much, as it turns out. Air Force Two, carrying Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, from the Hamptons back to Washington, DC after touching up their suntans, blew over a Piper J3 Cub with jet blast while taxiing for takeoff. The incident damaged one wing of the Cub as it tipped over as a result of the jet blast. But this incident was not terribly unusual, at least as far as moving Vice President Biden around the country. In November of 2009, February of 2010 and an accident last week rounded out a foursome of accidents involving transporting the Vice President. The Piper Cub was tied down at an fixed base operators ramp at the Francis S. Gabreski airport in Westhampton, NY when the jet blast from the Vice Presidents modified Boeing 757, an Air Force C-32 transport, tipped over the J3 Cub. There apparently will be an investigation of the incident to determine the damage to the Piper Cub, and who will pay for the damages. Perhaps Vice President Biden could allocate some of the unspent stimulus money to pay for the repairs, thereby creating several hundred jobs for the repair and giving the administration something to show for their nearly $ 1 Trillion dollar stimulus package. Ah, you just have to love the politicians! Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 Take nothing for granted; do not jump to conclusions; follow every possible clue to the extent of usefulness . . . . Apply the principle that there is no limit to the amount of effort justified to prevent the recurrence of one aircraft accident or the loss of one life. — Accident Investigation Manual of the U.S. Air Force ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!
by John M. White •