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Air Force One In Arizona

Wed Jun 26, 2002 2:06 am

I read on cnn.com that President Bush hastily visited Arizona and the wildfires today (Tuesday). Does anyone know where Air Force One landed in Arizona?

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RE: Air Force One In Arizona

Wed Jun 26, 2002 2:09 am

Phoenix-Sky Harbor.
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RE: Air Force One In Arizona

Wed Jun 26, 2002 2:10 am

When is he departing for Calgary? Anyone at the airport know of the departure time?
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RE: Air Force One In Arizona

Wed Jun 26, 2002 2:19 am

The VC-25A (Air Force One) touched down at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport at just before 8am PST today. President Bush then boarded a C-20 (modified Gulfstream III) which took on the callsign of "Air Force One" once the President was aboard.

The aircraft took off shortly after 8am PST to head northeast to the Show Low/Heber-Overgaard/Pinetop-Lakeside for an aerial tour of the Chediski-Rodeo fire, and then visiting some evacuees at nearby shelters.

The President is expected to return to Phoenix today at or around 1pm PST, where he will board the VC-25A and depart for the G-8 summit in Canada.
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RE: Air Force One In Arizona

Wed Jun 26, 2002 2:30 am

Fantastic information and quick responses. Bravo to my fellow a.net members. Thanks a bunch!

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RE: Air Force One In Arizona

Wed Jun 26, 2002 2:39 am

Yes, thanks for the quick info...

If it's a 1.5-2 hour flight from Arizona to Calgary, he should be here from 3:30-4:00, correct? (We are +1 hour from PST)
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RE: Air Force One In Arizona

Wed Jun 26, 2002 2:50 am

Arizona is in the MST zone (Mountain). The state does not observe daylight saving time. So, from now to the end of October, PDT & MST are on the same clock. Regards.  Wink/being sarcastic
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RE: Air Force One In Arizona

Wed Jun 26, 2002 4:24 am

Whats in a name...
US president flying over to Arizona to witness the Bush fires...
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RE: Air Force One In Arizona

Wed Jun 26, 2002 6:48 am

Mr. Bush arrived on Air Force One, ship number 29000, at 3:10 MST. Awesome sight to behold!
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RE: Air Force One In Arizona

Wed Jun 26, 2002 7:15 am

Check the registration again...it's ship 28000.
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RE: Air Force One In Arizona

Wed Jun 26, 2002 7:38 am

Well.... I didn't catch the reg as it taxied on down to the North of the airfield, but they were using the callsign "Sam29000" so I just assumed.
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RE: Air Force One In Arizona

Wed Jun 26, 2002 7:55 am

When the President is aboard, the callsign becomes "Air Force One." I'm confused why they'd be using the "SAM" callsign.

If the aircraft is moving once POTUS has deplaned, then it's "Special Air Mission XXXXX." An example of this was when Nixon resigned. He flew on the old B-707 (retired after Reagan's presidency) back to California. It was identified as "Air Force One" until the time that Gerald Ford was sworn in. At that moment, it became "Special Air Mission 27000," as the sitting president was no longer considered onboard; just a former one.

Fox News Channel carried the arrival of VC-25A (registration 28000) live, which is how I'd noticed the number on the tail.
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RE: Air Force One In Arizona

Wed Jun 26, 2002 9:07 am

Westjet_737 told me in the Tech/Ops forum that both 28000 and 29000 are here. Marriage trouble between the Pres and the First Lady?  Big grin
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