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The president and administration officials also can rely on a fleet of Gulfstream jets and specialized aircraft and crews at Andrews Air Force Base, as well as two expeditionary airlift squadrons set up specifically to deal with the campaign surge in the president’s and other administration officials’ travel.

According to an April 2 Air Force press release, the White House will have at its disposal three C-130s, seven aircrews, 60 maintenance and 10 to 12 operations personnel out of New Castle Air National Guard Base in Delaware, as well as four C-17s, six aircrews, 60 maintenance personnel and 10 to 12 operations personnel out of another base in Charleston, S.C.

A former George W. BushWhite House official familiar with presidential military aircraft operations said the regular fleet, as well as the standby aircraft, are similar to the number and type Mr. Bush utilized during his time in office.

A 2007 Congressional Research Service report recognizes the secrecy surrounding the cost of presidential political travel and their reimbursements.

“The travel policies of specific administrations concerning the reimbursement of expenses for unofficial travel generally are not publicly available,” the report said.

At least throughout Mr. Bush’s time in office, administrations have followed written guidelines established in 1982 during the Reagan administration, according to the CRS report, guidelines which provide few specifics on billing principles and reimbursement schedules.