PRECISION AIR PLAYS HOST TO MARINE 1 DURING OBAMA VISIT TO TANZANIA
(Posted 24th July 2013)
During the recent visit of President Obama to Tanzania, where he was hosted by President Kikwete, did another ‘hosting’ go down largely unnoticed. The hangar of Precision Air, Tanzania’s premier private airline, ‘hosted’ the helicopter popularly described as Marine 1 when the US President is on board, creating a bilateral meeting of rotor and fixed wing aircraft between the two countries.
Dar es Salaam’s often sweltering heat and intense sun no doubt made this ‘visit’ to the hangar a must for a bird used to cooler climes, and perhaps both the shade as well as the opportunity to carry out safety checks away from prying eyes must have played a role.
Other support aircraft, which came with President Obama to Tanzania, were also seen parked outside the Precision Air hangar, dwarfing of course the ATR of PW by the look of it.
Now that the visit is long past, time to reveal some of the little inside details to our readers and to share the pictures as evidence, in case some doubting Thomas’ would wish to challenge the printed word on its own!