smitty1960 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 36 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7232 times:
Sorry if this question is in the wrong forum. President Obama will visit Council Bluffs, Iowa on Monday. I'd like to photograph Air Force One arriving/departing, but which airport will he likely use? Eppley Airfield, or Offutt AFB? Eppley is closer to Council Bluffs, but Offutt AFB, 15 miles away, is more secure.
rfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7884 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 7169 times:
I've never been able to figure out the Secret Service decision process for deciding which airport the President lands at.
Minimizing the ground transport distance seems to be a priority, but the ability to secure the aircraft parking area also seems high on the priority list.
Both airports would be fine as far as the runway capacity.
Some times it appears that they do not like USAF, USN or other military bases which have a moderate level of flight activity. I have no idea how busy Offutt is these days. The Secret Service also seems to not like USAF bases with strategic aircraft like bombers.
I think that might have to do with difficulty getting civilians like local officials, media and such cleared to get on the base for AF1 arrival and departure events.
rutley21 From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 192 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 6844 times:
Usually when AF1 comes into Tampa, FL, they land at KTPA instead of landing at MacDill Air force Base. MacDill Air force base is quite a distance from Tampa International, But the security would be better.
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