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Romney, Ryan have custom jets waiting


FILE: The Romney campaign has a McDonnell Douglas MD-83, similar to the one pictured here, ready to carry the candidate though the election in November. (REUTERS)

The Romney campaign now has two custom jets for Mitt Romney and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

The planes are in a Florida hangar and will be unveiled Friday, before taking the GOP presidential nominee and his running mate to Richmond, Va., for a campaign event.

Romney will get a McDonnell-Douglas 83 and Ryan will get a DC-93. Both jets are emblazoned with the Romney-Ryan logo, according to ABC News.

The planes arrived Wednesday night from Michigan under the cover of darkness and are at an airport in Lakeland -- about 30 minutes east of Tampa, site of the Republican National Convention.

The planes reportedly are operated by USA Jet Airlines – a Michigan-based private charter company that has provided jets to political candidates, sports teams and celebrities.

Romney had be using a mix of charter companies before getting the custom crafts.