Cheney’s Transport Contains Airstream Unit
A customized Airstream RV provided quarters for Vice President Dick Cheney during his recent swing through Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.
The Airstream was on board a C-17 transport, dubbed “The Spirit of Strom Thurmond,” which took Cheney on quick trips in the region where he met with officials.
While in Afghanistan Tuesday (Feb. 27), Cheney was targeted by Taliban terrorists in a suicide bombing attack at Bagram Air Base. The vice president was unharmed.
The Tribune reported that the silvery-steel-skinned trailer minus wheels had been slid into place in the C-17, chained down at the floor and strapped in with canvas belting. But this wasn’t your average RV.
It actually was three pods slid together to form a home away from home. But it bore the unmistakable aerodynamic shape of America’s favorite trailer.
And it was indeed a product of Airstream Inc., out of Jackson Center, Ohio, with an official stamp of inspection by the Air Force Research Laboratory.
Inside, the wood-paneled cabin has dark blue-gray carpeting and plush gray leather seats, and recessed ceiling lighting. Horizontal shades cover the windows.
A Sony TV and DVD player are mounted in the wall above the desk in a cabin that has several comfortable seats that would seem to double for bedding in recline. On the desk below the TV sat a copy of “A History of the English Speaking Peoples Since 1900,” by Andrew Roberts.
Cheney spoke with reporters in the Airstream unit for a brief time about Tuesday’s attack at Bagram.