Vice President Kamala Harris is expected to visit the Vineyard next week, according to multiple sources unable to speak on the record due to the sensitive nature of White House logistics.
While not saying who the equipment is for, Martha’s Vineyard Airport Director Geoff Freeman told The Times that a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster is expected to touch down at the airport Friday evening to drop off “logistics equipment for a VIP.” Freeman declined to name the VIP, and referred further questions on the subject to the White House Press Office. A message left there wasn’t immediately returned Friday afternoon.
The Globemaster coming to the Vineyard’s airport is a much larger plane than the WC-130 Hercules that made an unscheduled stop in March. That WC-130, a so-called “Hurricane Hunter,” triggered a mini-scandal when restaurant patrons at the Plane View saw a vintage motorcycle being wheeled into the plane. The crew members of the plane were disciplined for the unscheduled stop they took on the Vineyard to retrieve the motorcycle.
The Globemaster is a 174-foot-long plane, according to an Air Force webpage, with a 169-foot, 10-inch wingspan. The WC-130 is 99 feet, 4 inches in length, with a 132-foot, 6-inch wingspan.