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SLC - Watching Air Force One Land Tonight?  
User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3603 times:

Good morning -

President Bush and the First Lady are scheduled to land at SLC tonight at around 9:00 PM and taxi to a parking spot at the Utah Air National Guard section of the airport. I already called my local congressman about getting tickets for the shindig tonight, and apparently they're all gone already.

So which would be the best place to watch AF1 land?

This raises several questions:

1.) Runway 17 is the closest to the UANG section of the airport, but would it be long enough for AF1? Or would they land on 16L and taxi over?

2.) Do you think the aircraft would be landing to the north or to the south? It seems like Runway 17 usually has aircraft arriving from the north, but 16L seems to go with the winds.

(Reference: SLC Airport Diagram from the FAA: http://www.naco.faa.gov/d-tpp/0607/00365AD.PDF)

[Edited 2006-08-30 17:07:43]

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User currently offlineSLCUT2777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 4028 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3512 times:

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Thread starter):
1.) Runway 17 is the closest to the UANG section of the airport, but would it be long enough for AF1? Or would they land on 16L and taxi over?
2.) Do you think the aircraft would be landing to the north or to the south? It seems like Runway 17 usually has aircraft arriving from the north, but 16L seems to go with the winds.

With the prevailing wind coming out of the south today and through early tonight AF1 will fly in southbound and more than likely land on runway 17. At 9596' runway 17-35 can handle the landing of a 742. What will likely get people tourqued is how this disrupts the flow of traffic into SLC. The airport protocol for AF1 landing is to shut it down for at least an hour on either side of the scheduled arrival to ALL traffic. DL and DL Connection will be hit with delays!



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User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3481 times:

Great information! Thanks!

I've done some spotting to the south, but never to the north. What would be the best vantage point for watching an arrival into 17 coming from the north?


User currently onlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20355 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3460 times:

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Thread starter):
So which would be the best place to watch AF1 land?

Lucky dog! AF1 is one of the most beautiful planes to watch takeoff or land.



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User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3456 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 3):
Quoting BCAInfoSys (Thread starter):
So which would be the best place to watch AF1 land?

Lucky dog! AF1 is one of the most beautiful planes to watch takeoff or land.

You're telling me! I'm excited. Most of the buildings along 1200 W are secured/government/military. Though I think there's a Boeing building and maybe an L3 building where I can squat for a little while...

I work less then a mile from there.. so I'm going to go drive 1200 West here in a few minutes and scout out some locations for tonight. (Too bad 9 PM is too late for my point-and-shoot camera to get any shots...)

I'll let you know what I come up with. Any other SLC geeks going to be in the area tonight?


User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3414 times:

Well first things first, it is 2200 West that borders the airport, not 1200 West. And there is NO possibility of getting a decent vantage point down there. Crazy as all get out.

Now if I still had my Boeing badge I'd be able to watch from Boeing SLC, not a bad place at all. I want it back!  crying 

If it wasn't for the low clouds and rain, I'd consider the roof of the airport parking garage. What do you think? That my best bet?


User currently offlineFlightShadow From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 950 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3310 times:

Quoting SLCUT2777 (Reply 1):
AF1 will fly in southbound and more than likely land on runway 17.

That's what he did last year, Jeremy Mosher's got a few shots on JetPhotos, but I don't know where they were taken

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Reply 2):
I've done some spotting to the south, but never to the north. What would be the best vantage point for watching an arrival into 17 coming from the north?

If he's coming into 17 and you are just interested in watching, pretty much your only option is to drive up and down 2200N (right street #? The one that goes North of the runways and then loops around to the DL Mx and FA stuff and the ATC Tower), just watching. If something special is coming in on 16L (like Royal Jordanian... Smile ), there is a little parking lot just west of the UPS building which is a great place to park and watch stuff.

Unless you're Airport Police, Ops, or an ATC, that's pretty much it for northside spotting, at least with a dignitary like the Prez coming in...if you're pulled over on the side of the road, you'll have a cop on you in less than 5 minutes (I have been able to get away with hanging out there on normal days, however, with a call to the airport police beforehand.)

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Reply 4):
Most of the buildings along 1200 W are secured/government/military. Though I think there's a Boeing building and maybe an L3 building where I can squat for a little while...

Devin (DLSLC) hangs out in the executive terminal - I know absolutely nothing about it but apparently it's a good place. I don't know if you have to have special access to get there or not but he's got some decent pictures from there.

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Reply 4):
I work less then a mile from there.. so I'm going to go drive 1200 West here in a few minutes and scout out some locations for tonight. (Too bad 9 PM is too late for my point-and-shoot camera to get any shots...)

As covered before...Good Luck

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Reply 4):
Any other SLC geeks going to be in the area tonight?

I wish.

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Reply 5):
If it wasn't for the low clouds and rain, I'd consider the roof of the airport parking garage. What do you think? That my best bet?

Under the circumstances, the parking garage probably would be the best place. You can see things coming in on 35/17 and going out, there is an old tower in the way but other than that it's a clear view of most of 35/17 and the GA ramp, so if you're just in to see it, that is probably your best bet. Just don't bring a long lens up and aim it over there.

Quoting SLCUT2777 (Reply 1):
The airport protocol for AF1 landing is to shut it down for at least an hour on either side of the scheduled arrival to ALL traffic. DL and DL Connection will be hit with delays!

Starting 2030 and ending 2120, there's a big hole with nothing going on at SLC last night. I believe he touched down at about 2050, but I'm not totally certain.

Side-Note 1: Last night I heard, amidst the thunder, what sounded like 1 or 2 F-16s coming over my house (in AF) from the south and continuing over the Point of the Mountain into the SL Valley. First time I heard it was around 8:20, I believe, and I heard it until 10 PM ish. Just thought that was cool, on the slcspotter site there's another report of something like that

Side-Note 2: We have a decent discussion going on about it here:
http://www.slcspotters.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=26

Wish I could've made it up to see AF1.


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[Edited 2006-08-31 14:36:20]


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