Strathclyde Police have confirmed they are beefing up security to deal with the record number of spotters who will go to Prestwick. The £1billion Lockheed C5 Galaxy and its back-up Air Force Two, will remain at Prestwick during the summit.I used to live in Prestwick and spent many a happy hour watching the planes there. It looks as though the police are taking a more sensible attitude than I had feared. It would be completely impossible to stop "spotters" from gathering in the town (population 15,000) during next week. Aircraft enthusiasts are a patriotic bunch and have been recruited by police at other airports as useful observers who know when anything untoward is going on. I know that the main Scottish aviation enthusiasts' website has decided to publish nothing at all about the G8 visitors. The planespotters are allies of the police in this matter
Assistant Chief Constable Kevin Smith, of Strathclyde Police, who is head of the force's G8 operations, said: 'We are aware there will be a large number of spotters heading to Prestwick to see Airforce One.
'That should not be a problem so long as the plane spotters conduct themselves in a responsible manner.'
I still can't work out why GWB and the others aren't being flown into an RAF base like Leuchars or Lossiemouth. Unless the Prestwick arrival is all an elaborate hoax of course. By the way, I'd be amazed if Air Force One were a Lockheed C5.