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Air Force One Visit - Which Airport?

Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:20 pm

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.
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RE: Air Force One Visit - Which Airport?

Fri Aug 10, 2012 12:25 am

He came to BTV earlier this year and there were warnings about closed roads for the motorcade. If you see those you might be able to tell where he is flying to.
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RE: Air Force One Visit - Which Airport?

Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:14 am

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.

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RE: Air Force One Visit - Which Airport?

Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:34 am

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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