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747 Heading To GRR  
User currently offlineRocANDtpa From United States of America, joined May 2006, 106 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2985 times:

A 747 is about to leave from Andews Airforce Base to GRR. Onboard is the body of Gerald Ford, Betty Ford and many dignitarys. It will be leaving in about 30 minutes.

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User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2901 times:

My one political reply, I promise.

Gerald R. Ford was a great man who served his country above and beyond the call of duty. His pardoning of Richard Nixon cost him a second term as President, but in the long run, it healed the country.

In my opinion, he was one of the last Presidents to be a forward thinker, and certainly one of the last people to think of the needs of the country before his own political career.

History is proving to be very kind to this great man. His personal sacrifice to the United States deserves to be remembered. Rest in peace, Mr. President.

Now, back to aviation - I was unable to get up to Rancho Mirage/Palm Desert to pay my respects, but at least the services were quite well carried by the media. And the Presidential 747 has the look befitting our Chief Of State - it looked magnificent against the mountains surrounding the Coachella Valley. It is altogether fitting that Mr. Ford be given the final honor of being carried around the United States in that plane.



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User currently offlineDtw9 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1155 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2784 times:

SAM 29000 will be doing a flyby over the Big house in Ann Arbor around 2:30

User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1654 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2740 times:

Quoting Dtw9 (Reply 2):
SAM 29000 will be doing a flyby over the Big house in Ann Arbor around 2:30

Not a Michigan Fan, but it is very appropriate for such a wonderful man



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User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2712 times:

I sure hope someone has a video of that posted tonight.

I always liked Mr. Ford. I may have to drive over to GR tonight to
pay respects.
safe



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User currently offlineWeb From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2516 times:

Came in to GRR at about 1450 EST. Throngs of people (including myself) were all around the airport just to catch a glimpse of this beauty. Here it is coming in on final for 26L:
Big version: Width: 919 Height: 634 File size: 49kb



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User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1654 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2330 times:

Quoting Web (Reply 5):
Came in to GRR at about 1450 EST. Throngs of people (including myself) were all around the airport just to catch a glimpse of this beauty. Here it is coming in on final for 26L:

Great Picture. I would love to head over to Grand Rapids to pay my respects to this wonderful man, but I know it is so busy, I think I will wait for a couple of weeks to head over, pay respects to him and look around the Presidential Museum.

RIP Gerald OUR. Ford



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User currently offlineCALMSP From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3924 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2207 times:

hopefully my fellow ex-coworkers got some good pics of all the activity.........


okay, I'm waiting for the rich to spread the wealth around to me. Please mail your checks to my house.
User currently offlineTjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2425 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2090 times:

SAM 29000 carrying President Ford home.

http://www.airliners.net/uf/536872672/1167842973Y9rQww.jpg



Direct KNOBS, maintain 2700' until established on the localizer, cleared ILS runway 26 left approach.
User currently offlineGregarious119 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 532 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2085 times:

Was anyone around to listen to the ATC around GRR when SAM 29000 came in?

What would the callsign of the plane be when POTUS isn't on board?

Does that change when late or former presidents are on board?


User currently offlineTjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2425 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2054 times:

Quoting Gregarious119 (Reply 9):
Was anyone around to listen to the ATC around GRR when SAM 29000 came in?

I was monitoring ATC in GRR- callsign was "SAM 29000" even though ex President Carter was aboard.



Direct KNOBS, maintain 2700' until established on the localizer, cleared ILS runway 26 left approach.
User currently offlineKarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3096 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2001 times:

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Ford 747 Does Ann Arbor Flyover
By Action News
January 2, 2007

The Air Force 747 carrying the body of President Ford roared low over Ann Arbor Tuesday afternoon en route to Grand Rapids. The jet, part of the White House presidential fleet, appeared to fly over Michigan Stadium and rock its wings in a brief appearance beneath the clouds.

Video:

Courtesy: WXYZ-TV

http://wxyz.com/cr/cda/player/1,1272,WXYZ_49477_320_240,00.html


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1952 times:

Quoting Gregarious119 (Reply 9):
Does that change when late or former presidents are on board?

No

Quoting Tjwgrr (Reply 10):
callsign was "SAM 29000" even though ex President Carter was aboard.

Of course, Former President Carter isn't PotUS . . .

NO USAF aircraft carries the callsign AF1 unless the sitting PotUS is aboard.


User currently offlineRdwelch From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1916 times:

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 1):
My one political reply, I promise.

Gerald R. Ford was a great man who served his country above and beyond the call of duty. His pardoning of Richard Nixon cost him a second term as President, but in the long run, it healed the country.

In my opinion, he was one of the last Presidents to be a forward thinker, and certainly one of the last people to think of the needs of the country before his own political career.

History is proving to be very kind to this great man. His personal sacrifice to the United States deserves to be remembered. Rest in peace, Mr. President.

I'm a dyed in the wool Democrat, and I agree with everything you said. Great post. (OK no more politics from me either)

Tjwgrr, that was a fine shot of the A/C with the airport's sign. Nice Job.

Gus.


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