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Obama To Watch Shuttle Launch, Where Will AF1 Land

Thu Apr 21, 2011 8:11 pm

Heard on the news today that President Obama and family will be on hand to watch the shuttle launch next week. Will AF1 land right there on the NASA runway, or will he land at Patricks or MCO and take Marine One over? Unfortunately I'm working Jacksonville that day and overnight, so I'll probably miss all the action anyways.
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RE: Obama To Watch Shuttle Launch, Where Will AF1 Land

Thu Apr 21, 2011 8:25 pm

My guess is he will land at COF. The longest runway is just over 9,000' and it can provide more than enough security for Barry. Then again the runway at TTS is some 15,000' long. I believe Barry has landed there before.
 
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RE: Obama To Watch Shuttle Launch, Where Will AF1 Land

Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:04 pm

Quoting HaveBlue (Thread starter):
Will AF1 land right there on the NASA runway

The SLF will surely be closed to support a shuttle RTLS abort.

Not much in the way of facilities to support AF1 there anyhow.
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RE: Obama To Watch Shuttle Launch, Where Will AF1 Land

Fri Apr 22, 2011 1:50 am

Quoting HaveBlue (Thread starter):
Will AF1 land right there on the NASA runway

Extremely doubtful. If the shuttle lands and some kind of crisis comes up, AF1 would be stuck. No way the Secret Service would even allow for that possibility to happen.
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RE: Obama To Watch Shuttle Launch, Where Will AF1 Land

Fri Apr 22, 2011 2:20 am

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 2):
The SLF will surely be closed to support a shuttle RTLS abort.
Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 2):
Extremely doubtful. If the shuttle lands and some kind of crisis comes up, AF1 would be stuck. No way the Secret Service would even allow for that possibility to happen.

You guys are of course correct. Sometimes I amaze myself at what I forget lol. So Patricks(COF) or MCO or KXMR (Cape Canaveral AFS) which has a 10,000' runway and can support the weight, though I have no idea about accomodations.
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RE: Obama To Watch Shuttle Launch, Where Will AF1 Land

Fri Apr 22, 2011 12:50 pm

A few years ago (2006 i think), Dick Cheney came over for a launch ( I believe we scrubbed because of weather that day) and his plane landed over at Patrick. I remember his armored black Suburban driving by me at KSC. I think i have picture of his convoy driving with the pad with the orbiter sitting on it in the distance. I concur that the SLF will not be available for AF1. The last time time AF1 arrived with the President in 2009 or 2010, it used the SLF.
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RE: Obama To Watch Shuttle Launch, Where Will AF1 Land

Fri Apr 22, 2011 9:34 pm

Quoting eksath (Reply 5):
The last time time AF1 arrived with the President in 2009 or 2010, it used the SLF.

That's true, but the last time a president watched a launch live from down here was Clinton in '98, but I don't know where AF1 parked that time.  
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