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The Agrupación Aérea Presidencial (Presidential Air Group) was the Head of State Air Transport Unit for the President of Argentina. It was closed in 2016 by president Mauricio Macri, because of the high cost of repairs and maintenance and the lack of adequate pilots.[1]

History

Fokker F28 T-01 at Marambio Base, Antarctica, 1973.

The Presidential Air Group was a small fleet of Argentine Air Force aircraft and helicopters for official use by the President, immediate family, and senior government officials. The fleet was administered by the Casa Militar ("Military House"), charged with presidential security and transportation. Both military and civilian pilots staffed the fleet. The aircraft were painted white with pale blue lines, evoking the Argentine Flag.

Some notable presidential aviation events:

After assuming office in 2015, president Mauricio Macri requested an assessment of the unit to determine the fleet status and decide if it was economically viable.[3]

Fleet

Boeing 757 Tango 01.
Fokker F28 Tango 02.

As of February 2016, the Argentine presidential fleet was composed of 5 aircraft (one leased) and 3 helicopters.[4]

The main aircraft was a Boeing 757 known as Tango 01 after its military registry: "T-01" (the "T" stands for "Transport", although it is fortuitously pronounced "Tango", as in the Argentine national dance, in the NATO alphabet). The 757 entered in service in 1995 replacing the former T-01, a Boeing 707. Nicknamed Virgen de Luján after Argentina's patron saint, the 757 has been object of political contention for the last decade (and a political campaign hot-topic during the 1999 Presidential election), with many politicians and media commentators[who?] denouncing this aircraft as an unnecessary and expensive luxury prone to abuse by presidents, their families, friends and political allies.[citation needed]

Boeing 737 T-04

The current[when?] Presidential fleet also includes two Fokker F28 (T-02 and T-03) (one always in service), a Boeing 737-500 (T-04)[5] and a Learjet 60 (T-10). The Learjet is also used by the Air Force Chief of Staff.

These aircraft are based at Aeroparque Jorge Newbery and El Palomar Air Force base.

As helicopters, a Sikorsky S-70 (H-01pic[6]) and two Sikorsky S-76 (H-02 Virgen de Loretopic[7] and H-03pic) also make-up the fleet, with an additional Air Force Bell 212, as needed.

During Néstor Kirchner and Cristina Fernández administration, AAP used different aircraft for their global flights, most notably Boeing 747 loaned from Aerolíneas Argentinas and a private Bombardier Global 5000.[8]

Former fleet

Boeing 707 Tango 01 at Heathrow, UK, December 1976
Aircraft
Helicopters

Incidents

Gallery

See also

References

Notes

  1. ^ Maia Jastreblansky (January 18, 2016). "Adiós a los Tango: el Gobierno dará de baja a toda la flota presidencial" [Goodbye to the Tango: the president will discontinue the whole presidential fleet] (in Spanish). La Nación. Archived from the original on January 19, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  2. ^ Marambio Station Archived 2014-01-07 at the Wayback Machine on the webpage of the French Polar Teams. (in English)
  3. ^ Federico Mayol (2016-01-05). "Así está hoy la flota aérea presidencial: de siete aeronaves, sólo una funciona bien". infobae.com (in Spanish). InfoBae. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  4. ^ "Infografía: los 8 aviones y helicópteros de la flota presidencial". infobae.com (in Spanish). InfoBae. 2016-01-05. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  5. ^ "El Gobierno incorporó un Boeing bautizado "Monseñor Enrique Angelelli"".
  6. ^ "20 años de Black Hawk". Roll Out (in Spanish). 2014-09-02. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  7. ^ "Coincidencia de los "H-02" - Dos finales". Roll Out (in Spanish). 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  8. ^ Cristina voló a Seúl en jet privado, los ministros en vuelo de línea Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine (in Spanish)
  9. ^ La corta vida de un Viking, Roll Out website, 2011 (accessed 2019-02-16)
  10. ^ "LV-MAY (T-130) Aero Commander 680 Super c/n 680-545-214" (in Spanish). Historias Individuales website. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  11. ^ Douglas DC-3/C-47/R4D/HC-47 en la Fuerza Aérea Argentina, AMilArg website (accessed 2019-02-17)
  12. ^ "El Avro presidencial" (in Spanish). Roll Out website. January 1, 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  13. ^ "LV-LZN (T-50) Fokker F28 Mk1000 "Fellowship" c/n 11048" (in Spanish). Historias Individuales website. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  14. ^ "LV-OCN (H-01) Sikorsky S-58T Choctaw c/n 58.1464" (in Spanish). Historias Individuales website. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  15. ^ "LV-OCM (H-02) Sikorsky S-58T Choctaw c/n 58.740" (in Spanish). Historias Individuales website. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  16. ^ "H-01(2) Sikorsky S-61R Sea King c/n 61.763" (in Spanish). Historias Individuales website. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  17. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUQuAkt1xj8 Video of TV news about the incident.
  18. ^ El avión de Cristina se averió y tuvo que aterrizar en Caracas (in Spanish)

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