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Air Force One Doing Touch And Go's @ PHF?  
User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3862 posts, RR: 2
Posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 7636 times:

Yesterday, I was driving one of our buses near PHF, and before I got to PHF, I saw a plane with a giant white tail, about to touch down. I realised that Air Force One was flying around Newport News VA, later she flew past my bus to touch down at PHF. Later I saw her from my bus, flying around again. Why would Air Force One use PHF, when Langley is near by? Also, I would think Langley, would be better equipped for handling a 747 than PHF.

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User currently offlineGalaxy5007 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 636 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 7562 times:

Just for the record...that would have been your run of the mill VC-25A. It isn't Air Force One unless the president is on board.
92-9000 was at KDOV earlier this week as well doing touch and goes. They use different airports for training. Just using military bases isn't exactly real world experience for pilots. They have to land at all sorts of airports, so training at different locations and getting familiar with that is probably why they were at PHF.

User currently offlinego3team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3268 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7349 times:

They've done the same thing at RIC, most of the time using Runway 34. It's not just limited to the VC-25A, I've seen them use a Gulfsteam w/ US of A markings as well.

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User currently offlineBatonOps From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 754 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 7249 times:

They come to MDT almost daily...VC-25, C-32, C-40, C-37. We see them all up here.

User currently offlinechecksixx From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 7049 times:

The VC-25's practice shooting approaches FREQUENTLY at Newport News. In my ten years at Langley, I never saw them use it for practice approaches. More than likely due to airspace issues I would think.

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