This is but a small piece of presidential travel. In 1996, I managed the re-election support aircraft out of Andrews AFB. Along with AF One costs, there is the issue of the backup AF One that flies to a nearby military base such as Travis AFB, near San Francisco, and then shadows the aircraft for any other stops.
Next, we have countless C-5’s and C-17’s that fly the communication gear, limos and any other support that is needed. I would venture to say that for every hour AF One flies, you can double for the backup aircraft and maybe 4-5 hours more in support aircraft for every hour flown by AF One. So the cost for aircraft hours is more like $700,000.00 per AF One hour of flying. On a campaign trip that cost is not reimbursed. So the tax payer would be much better off just giving the president the expected take for the campaign fund raiser.
— Bob Marcott, California
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