Glasgow, Rome, Geneva… There are numerous occasions in which the impressive deployment of security dragged by the most powerful man in the world has been demonstrated. The endless procession of vehicles accompanying ‘The Beast‘ of Joe Biden often draws the attention of passers-by, drivers and journalists wherever they go.
The international movement of the president of the United States implies a real logistical nightmare: 40 or 50 vehicles (including two identical Cadillac Ones to mislead possible attackers) and around 100 people, in addition to the Police and the Secret Service.
On the occasion of the NATO summit in Madrid, on June 28, 29 and 30, the US delegation, led by President Joe Biden, will move a fleet of between 45 and 50 vehicles which will be transported to Spain aboard a Boeing C17 Globemaster III.
The aircraft has a cargo capacity of more than 77 tons and a length of 53 meters. Enough to transport the automotive jewels of the Democratic Administration.
The same one who evacuated the Afghans from Kabul
In 2017, during Donald Trump’s tour of Asia, the US Secret Service shared images on social media of how the US President’s fleet of vehicles is transported around the world. It’s about a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, a long-range heavy military transport aircraft developed in the 1980s and 1990s for the United States Air Force (USAF).
designed to charge up to 77,519 tons, is used by countries around the world to transport troops and cargo. The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, military gray, is the plane that the US used to evacuate Afghans from Kabul in August 2021, but also the same one that is in charge of the world transport of the fleet of vehicles of the president of the United States and the one that will bring ‘The Beast’ to the NATO summit in Madrid.
— US Secret Service (@SecretService) November 4, 2017
According to data from the US Air Force, the aircraft is designed to carry up to 77,519t of cargo. Armored vehicles — such as Joe Biden’s ‘The Beast’ and his entourage — trucks and even the 70-ton M1 Abrams battle tank can go aboard the ship. The crew consists of three people (two pilots and a loadmaster) and the plane is filled via a loading ramp at the rear. has a capacity of 188 passengers and a cruising speed of 906 kilometers.
Short takeoff, even shorter landing
It is powered by four engines and has a global range with mid-flight refueling. It can take off from an airfield of 2,135 meters, fly 2,400 nautical miles and land on an airfield less than a kilometer and 27 meters wide. Also, it can operate on unpaved runways.
OOTD The Boeing C17 Globemaster III is a long-range, heavy-lift strategic transport aircraft for combat, peacekeeping or humanitarian missions worldwide. It can transport 100,000lb (45,360kg) of freight more than 4,500nm (8,334km). It entered official RAF service in 2006. pic.twitter.com/FugEIa1m1H
— RAF Museum (@RAFMUSEUM) January 13, 2020
The C-17 has been operated since 1993 by the United States Air Force, the British Royal Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force and the Canadian Forces, as well as NATO and the Armed Forces of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Nevertheless, It is a model that is no longer manufactured.. In September 2013, Boeing announced the definitive closure, for the year 2015, of the production of the C-17.
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