Transport aircraft Prestwick Airport discussion
This is a discussion thread for the following file:<br><br><b><a href=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/dlfile12611/Transport-aircraft-Prestwick-Airport.htm>Transport aircraft Prestwick Airport</a></b><br><br>These look like heavy cargo aircraft waiting to go from Prestwick Airport, Scotland. There is another one to the North. Don't know what type of planes though!<br><br><img src=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/images/new/080505/468388Zwischenablage32.jpg>
Hopefully, a definitive answer
As posted on a couple of other threads, these are C-5 Galaxy aircraft which - amongst other missions - are used by the Phoenix Banner, Phoenix Silver and Phoenix Copper Special Assignment Airlift Mission (SAAM) that supports the President, Vice-President and US Secret Service (when not supporting the President or VP).
If they are SAAM aircraft, the usage of a C-5 implies that - apart from the limos, re-inforced GMC Surburban vehicles (used by the Secret Service) and all the other stuff - that the mission also has Marine One (HMX-1) helicopters on board.
SAAM missions normally arrive considerably earlier than an actual Presidential flight and, obviously, also leave earlier as well. There is also a strong possibility that they would stop at Prestwick to re-fuel en route to other locations in Europe.
Other possibilities are that - depending on when these photos were taken - they could be aircraft being being used to ferry detainees from Bhagram airfield in Afghanistan and other places to Guantanamo or - equally depressing - that they are ferrying bodies to Dover AFB in Delaware (Dover exclusively operates C-5s) which, like RAF Brize Norton in the UK, is used to receive and process fatal military casualties.
BTW, they definitely are C-5's: I've checked the length and wingspan of the aircraft and - allowing for the perspective problems - it's the only airframe that fits the dimensions.