An Air Force C-37A, the preferred mode of transportation for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (USAF photo).
- 7 C-20B/H (Military version of the Gulfstream III)
- 56 C-21 (Military equivalent of the Learjet 35A)
- 4 C-32 (VIP version of the Boeing 757 jetliner)
- 9 C-37 (Speaker Pelosi's preferred mode of transportation)
- 4 C-40 (Based on the Boeing 737-300 business jet)
The other services operate smaller numbers of VIP aircraft, bringing the total to well over 100. That number does not include the Boeing 747-400s that operate as Air Force One, or various types of transport aircraft--such as the C-17--that sometimes provide airlift for senior officials.
While many of the USAF's business jets are assigned to Air Mobility Command, the job of coordinating VIP airlift falls under the service's Vice Chief of Staff, General William M. Fraser III. General Fraser isn't the first VCofS to handle those duties; the special airlift coordination job has rested with the service's #2 officer for decades. It is, however, a reflection of the priority assigned to the VIP transport mission.
The Air Force clearly understands that Congress controls its fiscal future. If the service wants more F-22s (or a next-generation bomber), the airlift team working for General Fraser will do everything they can to provide that coveted "G5" for Nancy Pelosi.
Meanwhile, we haven't heard Mr. Ackerman, Mr. Sherman--or any other members of Congress --complain about all the money being spent on their fleet of VIP jets.