Advstol From United States of America, joined May 2004, 17 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2848 times:
Greetings one and all, I have a question that I need an answer to; how many people have actually seen the current Presidential Aircraft in person (not on the T V news or in the newspaper, but actually real life), I would venture to say maybe 10% of the whole country's population, and those are mostly the military crews that take care of the aircraft and it's support systems. Now do you think that there would be similar levels of curiosity if a large scale display exhibit were to be set up in your town or city, what about if kids were the main workforce on such a project (Jr to Sr high school ages) and lets go a step further,what if as a result, some of these kids became interested in the field, the field being 'aerospace engineering'. Well as it happens I am working on such a project and I am hopping it will take a similar course, I'm thinking 'non-profit' so that we could get donations from everybody, corporate and John & Jane Doe's as well. Alright so now I need YOUR response, what do you think, oh and by the way I've already started building a reference model of the aircraft. So come on give me your thoughts, don't pull no punches either, I can take it, tell me what you think, e-mail me if you want more info & THANKS A WHOLE BUNCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Venus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1460 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2762 times:
As a former member of the 89th I think your idea is good but has been done. My own wife could give a rats ass, we were in the AF museum in Dayton looking at 26000 and was her telling about the jet I worked on she could n't have cared less plus having everything encased in Plexiglas doesn't bring out the true essence of the plane. Plus the interior layout of the VC-25 are classified. Just my opinion.
SATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2740 times:
Like Venus I am a former member of the 89th. Like him I've taken folks thru old 89th aircraft that are in museums and I also worked in the passenger terminal immediately adjacent to the parking spot where the President boards AF1. Most adults aren't aircraft enthusiasts and really don't "light up" unless they understand that: "This is the airplane that took Nixon to China" or "This airplane brought JFK home from Dallas". So most adults really need that historical connection.
Kids who are old enough to understand who the President is seem to get a kick out of it, just like they do on the White House tour.
Your exhibit idea might work if you did it inconjunction with an AF1 visit. You probably wouldn't be able to fly your model though -- security.
Quoting Advstol (reply 0): I would venture to say maybe 10% of the whole country's population, and those are mostly the military crews that take care of the aircraft and it's support systems.
10% of the U.S. is Population is on the order of 25 million+ folks. There are probably less than 100 folks working on AF1 now and probably less than 1000 if you count the folks who worked on it and moved on.
FlySC From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2673 times:
I was lucky enough to get within about 50 feet of the wingtip while it was operating as AF-1 a while back. Got some pretty neat pics too. As well as some stern looks from a few secret service guys. We were in a parkinglot on the edge of the airport and for some reason the pilot used the whole runway so he had to taxi right by this parking lot and we just happened to be there. I know that in the past when AF-1 has used that taxiway they closed that parking lot so I think that it just must have been a miscommunication between the pilot and SS. Either way I felt very lucky to get to be able to be this close to this amazing aircraft. Even Got a wave from the pilots. I wish you well in your project.
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