Which US military aircraft supported the President's recent UK visit?

Ian Harding spent much of June in the UK's West Country to witness Joe Biden's first visit to the nation as the US President for the G7 Summit, which - as expected - required a lot of airlift support.

We always knew that Joe Biden’s initial presidential visit to the United Kingdom would take place in June. His attendance at the 47th G7 Summit 2021, held in Carbis Bay, St Ives, Cornwall, on June 11-13, 2021, was always going to involve a lot of military aviation hardware. And so it proved.

VC-25A departs Newquay Cornwall Airport on 13-06-21 [Ian Harding]
‘Air Force One’ departs Newquay Cornwall Airport on June 13 destined for London Heathrow Airport, with President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden onboard. Ian Harding

 

Veil of secrecy

For days prior to the event much of the aviation enthusiast community had tried to second-guess where the US military aircraft, airlifting all the President’s men, would land. No one suspected that Exeter Airport in Devon would be the final destination for much of them.

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