U.S. government plane stops in Palm Springs

January 29th, 2014 | by Dave Nyczepir | Comments
A Boeing C-40B sits parked on the tarmac of Palm Springs International Airport on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.

A Boeing C-40B sits parked on the tarmac of Palm Springs International Airport on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.

A Boeing C-40B with the words “United States of America” emblazoned across the fuselage sat parked on the tarmac of the Palm Springs International Airport all Wednesday morning.

According to Boeing’s website, the C-40B is a special mission aircraft for U.S. combatant commanders and senior government officials with office-in-the-sky features.

Ian Gregor, spokesman with the Federal Aviation Administration, said he didn’t know who was on board because the authority only lands and departs planes — rarely learning who they carry.

A call to the U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command in St. Louis was not immediately returned.

Around 1:15 p.m. the C-40B took off for an undisclosed location.

The plane’s appearance comes on the same day as the announcement that President Barack Obama will host King Abdullah II of Jordan for talks at the Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage on Feb. 14.

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