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Politics and Planes

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Today's post is actually written from the road. I'm up in Boston (jetBlue E190 in case you were wondering). In a previous life I used to work in politics, and with today's democratic (small d) festivities in 25 states and territories across America, I felt it was appropriate to do a little crossover post.

If you happen to be in one of those 25 states and territories, get out and vote. One of the six candidates will be the President of the United States. Don't you want to have your say?

If you live in:

Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia

Then take 20 minutes on your lunch break or after work (stop reading the blog, you have my permission) and go vote!

Okay, I made my pitch for your civic participation. Now to the planes.

One aircraft in particular caught my eye at the Reagan Library debate. It was the centerpiece of the last Republican debate. The Boeing 707 that first flew as Air Force One with Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Carter and Bush.

Both Governor Romney and Governor Huckabee chartered an Express Jet Embraer E145 earlier in the campaign. Rumor has it that they didn't share the same plane.

Senator McCain has been flying a jetBlue Airbus A320. 10 pts to anyone who can spot the irony.

UPDATE: According to the NBC Nightly News on Feb. 6, Senator McCain had chartered a jetBlue Airbus A320 N658JB. Otherwise known as "WooHoo jetBlue!" the promotional A320 used to market the Simpson's Movie this past summer.

Congressman Paul's supporters have hired a blimp to orbit cities all over America.

Governor Romney was spotted flying a Boeing 737-400 (N42XA) around the south yesterday.

Both Senator Obama (N319TZ) and Senator Clinton (N310TZ) have been flying around on ATA Boeing 737-800s. A definite size upgrade for Senator Obama who had been previously been flying on a Gulfstream II (N747NB).

Winner gets the best ride of them all:


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