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Air Force Two Stops in Fargo
July 29, 2002

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Vice - President Dick Cheney made a stop in Fargo on Monday as part of a Midwest campaign tour.

Air Force Two PictureAir Force Two landed at approximately 11:50 AM and was greeted by approximately 300 onlookers waiting at the old terminal building located on the east side of the airport.

The Air Force Two aircraft that visited Fargo (tail number 90004) is a specially configured version of the Boeing 757-200 (C-32A) commercial intercontinental airliner.  The C-32A can operate on shorter runways down to 5,000 feet (1,524 meters) in length.  Its 92,000-pound fuel capacity allows the aircraft to travel 5,500 nautical miles unrefueled.  The 89th Airlift Wing acquired the first of four of these aircraft in late June 1998.

Inside the C-32A, communications are paramount. The vice president, heads of state and other decision-makers can conduct business anywhere around the world using improved telephones, satellites, television monitors, facsimiles and copy machines. The C-32 has state-of-the-art avionics equipment.

Vice-President Cheney's visit lasted five hours before he departed for Cedar Rapids, IA for the continuation of his tour.

General Characteristics

Primary Function: High-priority personnel transport
Builder: Boeing Company
Power Plant: Two Pratt and Whitney 2040 engines
Thrust: 41,700 pounds static thrust each engine
Length: 155 feet, 3 inches (47.32 meters)
Height: 44 feet, 6 inches (11.02 meters)
Wingspan: 124 feet, 8 inches (37.99 meters)
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 255,000 pounds (115,668 kilograms)
Range: 5,500 nautical miles unrefueled range
Ceiling: 42,000 feet (12,727 meters)
Speed: 530 miles per hour (Mach 0.8)
Load: 45 passengers
Crew: 16 (varies with mission)
Date Deployed: June 19, 1998
Inventory: Active force, 4; ANG: 0; Reserve: 0


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