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Veep’s Plane Damages Cub on Long Island


August 13, 2010 —Jet wash from Vice President Joe Biden’s plane, Air Force Two, caused significant damage to a parked and unoccupied Piper PA-18 on Wednesday, August 11, according to the Associated Press. The Super Cub, owned by an undisclosed aerial media company, was parked and tied down a few hundred feet away, at Malloy Air East FBO on Francis S. Gabreski Airport (FOK), in Westhampton Beach, New York.

The Boeing C-32, a special version of the 757, was carrying Biden back to Washington after a two-week vacation with friends in the Hamptons in eastern Long Island.

“The 757’s engine wash lifted the Piper (Super) Cub aircraft that was tethered down in an adjacent parking area, causing damage to the (aircraft’s) left wing,” an Air Force statement said. The Super Cub was lifted a few feet into the air but since nobody was on board there were no injuries.

The Air Force said an investigation will be conducted, including a damage assessment on the Piper and who’s responsible for the repair costs.

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