Well I went there and saw it, it was the VC
-25! Was supposed to come in around 4.30pm so arrived at 3.45pm or so. Police were all over the place as expected even as far away as the I-64/I-295 junction....I scoped out the spur road down to the airport and settled on Route 60 right under the flightpath as their were planes taking off on 16. Within about two minutes a "plain clothes" Camaro with blue flashing lights comes up behind me
I said that he probably knew why I was here. Of course he played dumb, then said the road would be closed when it came in. I moved elsewhere, the car park of the Homewood Suites/Microtel. Would have a nice side on view of it landing on 16....although at 4.10pm or thereabouts I spotted lights off in the distance. The bugger was landing with
the wind and onto 34!!! I got a good view (if from a distance) of it taxiing round and it went out of view...As I was heading round to the south side of the airport all the roads were closed off and about 10mins later the motorcade pulled out and headed towards I-64. The sheer amount of vehicles was insane, I've seen the Queen's and Blair's motorcade before but this was incredible!
After that was done I went round to the south side of the airfield and got pretty close to it by the CO
Express hangar. All the news crews were parked up and a few kids milling about in suits, so I guess that was some kind of welcome ceremony...I drove around to where a load of bizjets were parked up and got some pictures from there. I don't know the south side of Richmond airport very well...
Here are a couple of (bad) pictures!
Taken from the north side of the airport by the Microtel
From the south side of the airfield
A shame it didn't come in on 16 as I'd have had a superb view of it
Anyone know when it is due to leave? I suspect Bush isn't staying at the OMNI tonight
On a side note where does all that motorcade come from? There were probably twenty motorcycles but umpteen Excursions, minivans and the ilk. Does that all go in the back of a VC-25? Or is it flown in in advance? If the latter it seems like A LOT of effort. If he was coming down from DC I'm surprised he didn't arrive by chopper and land much nearer the Science Museum!
[Edited 2006-10-20 01:26:10]
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