Have you noticed that our President and Dignitaries on Air Force One and Air Force Two have to walk up stairs to get in? Why? Shouldn’t they have escalators on those portable stairs? Remember how much trouble Hillary Clinton had getting into her little leased Boeing 737? If she had won the presidency in November of 2016, she wouldn’t be able to make it up all those stairs into a 747 which is twice the uphill hike as that little 737. Russian President Putin doesn’t have an escalator either but his aircraft is much smaller than a Boeing 747 like Air Force One, in fact side-by-side, it looks like a toy, although it does have a nice interior (cite: 1).
Recently, Donald Trump was in a hurry to go, so he jogged up the stairs, got into the aircraft without waving good bye to the media, and that upset the leftist media quite a bit. No matter he was just trying to get going, as he was late and also had to use the rest room. Now then, if the ground equipment – moveable staircase – was an escalator – President Trump could have turned to the crowd to wave good bye and satisfied the media so they could have the iconic picture of him at that moment.
Of course, in the interest of time – the stair case would need to be operated on double time for Trump, because he could run up the thing at that speed anyway. Still, as everyone knows when you run up a moving escalator going the same way you can really make good time, and time is money. This system needs to be electric, and still viable as a stair case when not moving. This allows regular folks, assistants and reporters to board by walking up the stairs. It also allows maintenance, security detail, and flight crew to do the same.
The escalator system should have motion sensors once activated for the President or dignitary. It should go both ways – up and down, in the down motion it should be slower, and going up at 3-different speed settings, slow, fast, and expedite. It’s interesting this doesn’t exist yet, and a wonder why we have an aircraft of this caliber without this upgraded ground equipment feature. Please consider all this and think on it.
(1) YouTube Video: “Russian IL-96!Flying Fortress!Putin’s Plane!” Russian Presidential Aircraft.
(2) YouTube Video: “Trump Didn’t Wave Goodbye to Media When Boarding Air Force One – And They’re Upset.”