During a break in the Libby trial, a question about Nancy Pelosi. On the issue of the government plane that will fly her to California and back — the question about which the White House is now defending Pelosi — the AP reported this:
Republicans are taking issue with the size of the plane Pelosi has requested. Pelosi had asked for access to a C-32 plane, a military version of the Boeing 757-200….
[Former Speaker Dennis] Hastert, an Illinois Republican, flew in a small commuter-sized jet. Pelosi and her aides say that because her congressional district is in California, her security would require a larger plane that can fly coast to coast without refueling.
“It’s not a question of size, it’s a question of distance,” Pelosi said Wednesday. “We want an aircraft that can reach California.”
Fair enough. Pelosi should be able to fly nonstop. But don’t small jets do that? The website for Gulfstream says the G550 has a range of 6,750 nautical miles (5,000 miles at high speed). Even flying against the wind east-to-west, isn’t that enough to easily travel between Washington and San Francisco? The G550 also has seats for between 14 and 18 people, has two toilets, and can be outfitted with a conference area, a dining area, and double and single beds. The government has jets like that, right?