November 3, 2014 / 1:23 AM / 3 years ago

Obama swaps planes on trip after Air Force One flap problem

President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland November 2, 2014.Jonathan Ernst

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and his entourage were switching to a different plane for his return trip to Washington on Sunday because of a minor flap issue with the aircraft, dubbed Air Force One, that flew them earlier in the day, a spokesman said.

"While in Philadelphia, we have transferred to a backup airplane due to a minor mechanical problem with one of the aircraft's flaps," White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.

"This switch to a backup C-32 will not affect our schedule."

Any plane that carries the president maintains the name Air Force One.

Obama traveled to Connecticut earlier on Sunday for a campaign rally before flying to Pennsylvania for another campaign event ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Peter Cooney

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