Goingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 18 Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 7049 times:
Back in the days before 9/11, I was eating lunch and watching planes at MCI and Air Force One landed on 19R. He used most of the runway since he was going over to the TWA base...it kind of pissed off the pilots of the airliners that had been holding for it's arrival as the thing taxied leisurely down the runway.
DIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 29 Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 7039 times:
1. Before Stapleton closed, the Pope came to Denver. AF1 flew in, followed by the Pope's Alitalia 742, followed by the old AF1 707 (the VP was on it this time). The Pope ended up leaving on an AA 763ER back to Rome.
2. Since then, I've seen AF1 at DIA a few times, as well as Buckley Air Base here in Colorado. Even watched AF1 fly from DIA to Buckley. . .maybe the shortest 747 flight ever!?!?
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CactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 27 Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 7005 times:
The first time I saw AF1 was shortly after 9/11 when President Bush came to ORD to give a speech (more of a pep talk) to employees of United and American. Parts of that speech were later used in commercials urging Americans to travel, use hotels, eat out, etc. I've seen it come into ORD a couple of times since then.
I was also able to come close up to AF2 (the 757) at MDW during the 2000 Presidential campaign. I used to work at MDW at the time so I had the opportunity to take some pictures of it on the ramp before getting chased off by CPD.
Acidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1860 posts, RR: 10 Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 6968 times:
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George W. Bush comes into MSP periodically, particularly around election times to drum up support for Republican candidates in a largely-Democratic area. AF1 always lands on 12L/30R at MSP. Before they come in, police cars get lined up at various places around the airport perimeter, a MN State Patrol chopper runs around the airport (and often stares at the ramp agents), some Air National Guard F18's run around the airport, all the traffic gets held, and in comes AF1. They always use 12L/30R as that is closest to the Air National Guard base, where they park AF1. Quite a bird. I hear it costs roughly $40000/hr to operate. What a great use of our tax dollars to drum up partisan political support. I don't care whose party it is or whether I support the president's ideas or not, it is just a huge waste to gallivant around the world in a private jet the size of a building in order to support ANY political party on taxpayer money.
Elwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 7 Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 6962 times:
As it was landing on Runway 1R at MCI. I was watching from the ramp at gate 18 (Terminal A), so I didn't have a great view of it. It was still on the ramp at TWA when I left work a few hours later, though. One of the largest airplanes we see at MCI (except when NWA does touch-and-goes with the 744s).
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STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16543 posts, RR: 52 Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 6941 times:
I saw AF-1 landing at EWR back in '99, bringing President Clinton into town for some speeches.
Since 9-11 AF-1 usually lands at McGuire AFB in Central Jersey when President Bush comes to the NYC area.
When President Bush went to the WTC site to meet with recovery workers on 9-14 security was TIGHT. He landed at McGuire AFB where he was met by Mayor Giulianni and Governor Pataki who flew helicopters out to greet the President.
A bunch of different helicopters then flew the 40-45 miles from McGuire AFB to the Westside heliport, and then drove down the Joe Dimmagio West Side Drive to the World Trade Center recovery site.
I've often seen two Marine Corps 1 helios flying in formation with two Marine Corps Chinooks prior to a Presidential visit to the area, they fly right over my house.
MD88Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1322 posts, RR: 21 Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 6939 times:
I got a walk through tour in 1988(?) on the Presidential 707 at NAS Moffatt, CA. I was killing time at Base Ops waiting on a broken airplane. The building was crawling with Secret Service agents and we just asked for a tour. "Ask and ye shall receive." The agent just looked at our Navy IDs and gave us a front to back tour. It was very cool.
744fan From United States of America, joined May 2003, 9 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 6922 times:
I have seen AF-1 in person as well. It was a few years back when President Clinton was in KY, and it was parked at LEX. There are a few advantages to a small airport and one of those advantages is that planes are often parked very close to the road. That was the case with AF-1, it was great to see it that close. I went by IND this morning on my way to work, hoping to see it again today, but it was not to be.
By the way, when I went by IND this morning, there was an European charter airlines 747 parked there, does anyone know why this plane was in IND?
Copenhagenboy From Denmark, joined Sep 2001, 592 posts, RR: 1 Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6878 times:
Did see it when Clinton was in Copenhagen some years ago. The best US president ever been in the best looking bird. Just a thought from across the pound. BTW I have heard the story that Bill once tried to stand up during a landing *LOL*
itch forgot there was a second one AF-2??
Mia777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 1165 posts, RR: 6 Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6849 times:
There is no AF2...at least not one which the president flies. Any time the president steps onto an air force plane it becomes AF-1....same with the army (Army-1) and his helicopter (Marine-1). But yes there are two VC-25s...
DALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 27 Reply 23, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6796 times:
i have seen the airforce one parked in zurich about five years ago.
i took one of my parents to the airport and headed to the balcony to see them
off, and there it was parked way off the tarmac. clinton was at a world economic meeting in davos/switzerland.
Zebfly2 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 415 posts, RR: 1 Reply 24, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 6757 times:
Yes- 3 summers ago while sitting by the wave pool at Six Flags near Washington, DC I saw AF1 as well as 2 C-5's t/o from Andrews AFB all within 1/2 hour. I can also recall about 5 years ago as I was driving on I-95 from NY to Baltimore, I saw it while drving through NJ.
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25 PROSA: George W. Bush comes into MSP periodically, particularly around election times to drum up support for Republican candidates in a largely-Democratic ar
26 PROSA: I saw it while changing planes at PIT in the early to middle 1990's, can't remember the year more precisely.
27 LGB Photos: I had to dump the lavs on Air Force One at Los Alamitos when Bush came in there last year. I was patted down and then after dumping AF 1, I had to do
28 IMissPiedmont: Well I'm just in the mood to nitpick I guess, but unless the POTUS is on board, the aircraft is not Air Force One. Even if he deplaned 2 minutes befor
29 Alpha: I also have seen the French equivilant at CDG in 1995, I belive that was a modified A-310 French AF operates three A310-300, based @ CDG, but they don
30 Ilyushin96M: I saw Air Force One approach North Island Naval Air Station on Coronado Island back in 1996. It flew out over Point Loma, then did a large loop to mak
31 Acidradio: "Air National Guard F18's" ?.. You mean F-16s or F-15s right, the Air National Guard does not fly those Navy/Marine Corps jets. Pardon, late at night,
32 WMUPilot: Seen AF1 twice...both times at GRR and with both George Bush SR and George Bush JR...quite a sight seeing not only AF1 land but also all the support a
33 Sccutler: I saw it (OK, the plane which had been and would be again "Air Force One" after GWB's return from the ranch on board Marine One), from directly above,
34 United777: I got to see Air Force One in Hyderabad, India in 1999 when Mr. Clinton came to India. It was one of the shortest runways AF1 has ever landed and take
35 An-225: Yes, I went out to photograph it last September, but there are NO good spots to photograph at Buckley AFB here in CO. I did get a half-assed shot of b
36 Dens: I saw AF1 some years ago in Geneva, Switzerland. This aircraft will come back to Geneva in June for the G8 summit.. Hope to see it again...
37 ZK-NBT: Saw it once when Apec was held in Auckland in 1999, I saw both of the 747-200's parked at AKL together along with a ton of other aircraft I don't usua
38 Kiwi dave: I was @ CHC the day when the the VC-25As turned up @ CHC and then saw AF1 depart a couple of days later. Very clean aircraft.
39 Wannabe: Seen it twice. Once at SWF in Newburgh, NY when President Clinton came to Hyde Park for a summit meeting. The second time was at Shannon Airport in Ir
40 Brian_ga: Ok this might tell my age but I remember seeing Air Force One come to DFW back in the early 80's when President Reagan was in office. I was down on th
41 FLYING MACHINE: I saw it parked at Everett Paine Field when I visited Boeing plant in November 2001. It was only one of tow air force ones.
42 Aroundtheworld: Saw it two days ago parked at IND...gotta love the massive amount of attention that bird gets. Big spot lights...guards everywhere...impressive.
43 Leezyjet: I saw it at LHR sometime last year. It was parked right out by the threshold of 09L on one of the 160 stands with one of the 757's parked right behind
44 DeltAirlines: While it's not the traditional 747, I went to MHT last October to see the 757 varient, after I worked at a Rally that President Bush appeared at (the
45 Flynavy: Back in 2001, if memory serves, I watched Air Force One fly over my house in Orlando just after it had departed KMCO for KADW.
46 Chepos: Yep in Daytona Beach when the president was helping his (baby) bro in the re-election campaign . Chepos
47 HlywdCatft: Yes, I seen it twice... The first time was in Spring 2000 it landed at YIP near Detroit. I saw it from a distance at my house. The only other 747s to
48 Ramprat: Not only saw it, but waved it in last year when it came to Calgary for the G-8 summit, along with a few other dignitaries aircraft. Quite the feeling
49 PW100: Yep! Saw it in 1997 when president Clinton visited our country. Both VC-25A's were at AMS airport. At the time, runway 06/24 was closed for maintenanc
50 Westjet_737: Yep, I also saw it when it came into YYC for the G8. What a sight. I also went again a little later on that night and saw it parked next to the shell
51 FutureFO: Have seen it many times when working at IAD. It is always nice to see the amount of SS vehicles go out to the airplane when it sets in the RUB at the