It’s ironic. Our government felt perfectly comfortable flying the Boeing 747 that is used as Air Force One at low level, burning as much as 4,000 gallons per hour, for a “photo-op” with two F-16s and the Statue of Liberty in the background. CNN says this “photo-op” cost taxpayers $329,000.
This same government strongly condemned the automobile manufacturers, banks and other companies for using their airplanes as productive tools for managing their businesses. This has had a devastating effect on the manufacturers of general aviation aircraft, from light single-engine airplanes to the largest business jets. The U. S. is the world’s leading manufacturer of general aviation aircraft, an industry which provides hundreds of thousands of jobs and a positive effect on our balance of payments.
As George Orwell wrote in Animal Farm, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”