VSLover From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1897 posts, RR: 22 Posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5193 times:
get those bread trucks off the runway! hehe.
Bush's Jet Aborts Landing
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
Published: February 6, 2004
BOARD AIR FORCE ONE, Feb. 5 — President Bush avoids most of the inconveniences that plague ordinary air travelers, like delays, lines and baggage searches. But on Thursday he got a taste of one: an aborted landing approach.
In early afternoon, returning from South Carolina, the pilot of Air Force One was forced by a vehicle on the runway at Andrews Air Force Base to pull up and circle for a second effort to land the president's plane.
The Air Force said it was "routine," and it certainly felt that way. Reporters in the back of the plane barely noticed.
But given the security that surrounds the president's comings and goings, it was a highly unusual event, especially on a clear day.
Mr. Bush seemed unperturbed when he got off the plane. But one White House official on the plane noted later that the plane "had a smoother time getting into Baghdad" on the president's secret Thanksgiving trip.
Singapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13745 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4512 times:
Not that I care about the news article - it is interesting though - but the point is it's Air Force 1.
Let's get off our high horses. Because it's Air Force 1 - that's why it gets so much attention. And as DeltaMD11 said, it's not everyday that the President is obstructed (regardless of whether him or reporters on board knew or not).
Skymileman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4226 times:
Just a comment: have you noticed that the majority of the people complaining about this thread are from Europe! Leave it to the europeans to complain about anything that has to do with the USA. No offense to you europeans who aren't complaining.
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12599 posts, RR: 34
Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4104 times:
I'm European (although I was born in New Jersey, which still counts as America, unless George has added it to the axis of Evil) and I'm not complaining! Yet.
Anyway, getting back to the subject, I think it is highly unlikely and as for that driver, ooh . . . is he in trouble! Unless of course he had prior clearance to cross. This really is most unusual for Air Force one and I'm sure the reasons will be looked at.
MoPac From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4032 times:
Just the most powerful man on the planet was one board.
Don't you ever, ever, e v e r tell a Frenchman who the most powerful man on the planet is!!! On behalf of our French friends on this forum I will not have you shame Mr. Depardieu and Mr. Lewis in such a manner!
*Slaps TYSGoVols again*
Seriously though, I'm sure this isn't the first time AF1 has had to execute a go-around, but notable in any case.
TYSGoVols From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 634 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3886 times:
Actually I say this with shame and regret but I have French heritage. My last name is Blanchard for heavens sake. If he was so unelected by our electoral college then why is the Secret Service still letting him into the white house let alone on AF1. I personally can't see that he is ignorant I believe he is a brilliant prez definitely better than the last prez we had in this country and certainly better than Gore would have been and this coming from a Gore fellow Tennyson, but then again political opinion does not belong on this particular post.
Rocky Top You'll Always be home sweet home to me, Good ole' Rocky Top WOOOOO
HNLFlyboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 321 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2912 times:
Ok, interesting how so many replies are NOT of an aviation nature. People, CHILLLLLLLLL. VSlover the article in the Times you quote as saying....
"one White House official on the plane noted later that the plane "had a smoother time getting into Baghdad" on the president's secret Thanksgiving trip"
I thought he took another type of a/c on that trip? I mean, wouldn't it be kinda obvious who was coming into Baghdad International if you were on guard and saw AF1 landing? BTW, does anyone know the call sign that flight operated under for the trip? Or was it AF1? It is suppose to be, if indeed he took one of the 742's out for a "spin" that day. Enlightenment awaits!
Pilatusguy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2004, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2385 times:
The article refers to an "aborted landing approach" which isn't really unusual - if the reporters at the back of the plane didn't realize, it was defenately not a last second go around, everyone in here knows that a "real" go around in a 747 is most defenately noticed by all people on board!
So what... just another standard situation, no matter who's on board!