When I see some of our enthusiasts in this forum talking about all those great airplanes you've seen lately in great airports I must admit that here in FAT
not a lot is going on, but once a while we have those nice great moments, like today!
Now that Concorde is near the end I think the most carismatic airplane we will have from now on is no doubt Air Force One. And today he landed here in FAT
. I didn't actually see it arriving but I saw it taking-off, and it was a very powerfull feeling. First of all FAT
is not an airport easy to receive an airplane like Air Force One, it's really huge and here the biggest you get is the 767-200 and rarely a DC-10 ( when Fresno Bulldogs went to Louisiana ), so the plane had to be parked by the cargo area. So at least the regular FedEx 727-100 had to be moved outside. Then when the plane taxied to the runway it was blowing a huge amount of dust because those taxiways are really narrow. Then it came the take-off, once again when the plane left a big wide could of dust completely engulfed the back of the plane and for some minutes you couldn't see it - excelent ECM, the dust just hides all the plane.... - untill it poped out in the end of the runway. It was a nice moment, it's not everyday you this plane, and in a small airport like this its even better. The plane was in excelent condition, it shined in the sun, just perfect.
It landed at 10:00 am and left at 2:15 pm.