Reggaebird From Jamaica, joined Nov 1999, 1169 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4206 times:
I came across the following video and was a bit surprised. The videographer describes this as a "fly-by" but I have never heard of such a thing when the President is onboard. I suspect that this was actually a go-around but even that would be surprising. Though I know that Air Force One is a 747 that is succeptible to all of the normal flight challenges that could require a go-around on landing, I have never heard of that happening before. Somehow, I got the impression that these pilots are specially trained to handle landings in all conditions. Thoughts?
YYZRWY23 From Canada, joined Aug 2009, 561 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4175 times:
Quoting Reggaebird (Thread starter): Somehow, I got the impression that these pilots are specially trained to handle landings in all conditions. Thoughts?
I could certainly be wrong, but I believe Air Force One is flown by airforce pilots. Thus, they probably have special training in the areas of manevaring and evasion, but if you can't land safely, you can't. And even if these were pilots that could, they would not risk the life of the President of the United States.
If you don't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them.
PEET7G From Hungary, joined Jan 2007, 692 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3844 times:
I don't think it's a "go-around", cus in case of a go-around you hit the TOGA switch and climb as soon as possible to safe altitude...that plane was "cruising" by with a linear speed and altitude, nowhere near to max thrust...