HaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2156 posts, RR: 1 Posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5816 times:
Heard on the news today that President Obama and family will be on hand to watch the shuttle launch next week. Will AF1 land right there on the NASA runway, or will he land at Patricks or MCO and take Marine One over? Unfortunately I'm working Jacksonville that day and overnight, so I'll probably miss all the action anyways.
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12280 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5805 times:
My guess is he will land at COF. The longest runway is just over 9,000' and it can provide more than enough security for Barry. Then again the runway at TTS is some 15,000' long. I believe Barry has landed there before.
HaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2156 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5652 times:
Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 2): The SLF will surely be closed to support a shuttle RTLS abort.
Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 2): Extremely doubtful. If the shuttle lands and some kind of crisis comes up, AF1 would be stuck. No way the Secret Service would even allow for that possibility to happen.
You guys are of course correct. Sometimes I amaze myself at what I forget lol. So Patricks(COF) or MCO or KXMR (Cape Canaveral AFS) which has a 10,000' runway and can support the weight, though I have no idea about accomodations.
eksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1330 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5504 times:
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A few years ago (2006 i think), Dick Cheney came over for a launch ( I believe we scrubbed because of weather that day) and his plane landed over at Patrick. I remember his armored black Suburban driving by me at KSC. I think i have picture of his convoy driving with the pad with the orbiter sitting on it in the distance. I concur that the SLF will not be available for AF1. The last time time AF1 arrived with the President in 2009 or 2010, it used the SLF.