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Air Force One Doing Touch And Go's @ PHF?  
User currently offline747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4240 posts, RR: 2
Posted (4 years 1 month 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 10385 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, 652 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 10311 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, 3269 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 10098 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, 769 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 9998 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, 1188 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 14 hours ago) and read 9798 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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