Last April I reported about the beginning of the Presidential Election season, given that this is an exciting time for an airplane spotter here in NH, our state being very early in the primary calendar and always getting disproportionate attention from the presidential hopefuls. Now that the NH primary is well behind us it is time to see what kind of aircraft were spotted here.
All candidates had to file paperwork for their candidacy with the NH Secretary of State in Concord. Around that time, I saw both Trump’s and Clinton’s aircraft, even spotted Secretary Clinton herself.
The week before the NH primary was a time for heavy campaigning by the candidates. Immediately after the Iowa caucuses (on February 1st, one week before the NH primary) I could see a number of aircraft fly from KDSM (Des Moines, IA) to KMHT (Manchester, NH). Here is what Flightaware told me on February 2nd (the day after the Iowa caucuses):
|DYN974||E145||Des Moines Intl (KDSM)||Tue 01:33 CST||Tue 04:44 EST|
|EAL6522||B738||Des Moines Intl (KDSM)||Tue 01:07 CST||Tue 04:12 EST|
|SWQ5024||B734||Des Moines Intl (KDSM)||Tue 01:04 CST||Tue 04:07 EST|
|BSK673||B738||Des Moines Intl (KDSM)||Tue 00:59 CST||Tue 03:59 EST|
|N591CF||H25B||Des Moines Intl (KDSM)||Mon 23:19 CST||Tue 02:23 EST|
|PWA450||C56X||Ankeny Rgnl (KIKV)||Mon 22:43 CST||Tue 01:57 EST|
The Eastern Air Lines’ 737 was used by the Sanders campaign (as reported by the Burlington Free Press). N591CF, the Hawker 800, is owned by a Little Rock, AR car dealership owner who is a long time contributor to Republican political candidates, but I do not know which campaign used the aircraft.
I am expecting more spotting of campaign aircraft as we get closer to the actual election in November.