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747 Heading To GRR

Wed Jan 03, 2007 2:53 am

A 747 is about to leave from Andews Airforce Base to GRR. Onboard is the body of Gerald Ford, Betty Ford and many dignitarys. It will be leaving in about 30 minutes.
 
PanAm747
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RE: 747 Heading To GRR

Wed Jan 03, 2007 3:27 am

My one political reply, I promise.

Gerald R. Ford was a great man who served his country above and beyond the call of duty. His pardoning of Richard Nixon cost him a second term as President, but in the long run, it healed the country.

In my opinion, he was one of the last Presidents to be a forward thinker, and certainly one of the last people to think of the needs of the country before his own political career.

History is proving to be very kind to this great man. His personal sacrifice to the United States deserves to be remembered. Rest in peace, Mr. President.

Now, back to aviation - I was unable to get up to Rancho Mirage/Palm Desert to pay my respects, but at least the services were quite well carried by the media. And the Presidential 747 has the look befitting our Chief Of State - it looked magnificent against the mountains surrounding the Coachella Valley. It is altogether fitting that Mr. Ford be given the final honor of being carried around the United States in that plane.
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dtw9
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RE: 747 Heading To GRR

Wed Jan 03, 2007 4:13 am

SAM 29000 will be doing a flyby over the Big house in Ann Arbor around 2:30
 
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RE: 747 Heading To GRR

Wed Jan 03, 2007 4:23 am

Quoting Dtw9 (Reply 2):
SAM 29000 will be doing a flyby over the Big house in Ann Arbor around 2:30

Not a Michigan Fan, but it is very appropriate for such a wonderful man
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RE: 747 Heading To GRR

Wed Jan 03, 2007 4:26 am

I sure hope someone has a video of that posted tonight.

I always liked Mr. Ford. I may have to drive over to GR tonight to
pay respects.
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Web
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RE: 747 Heading To GRR

Wed Jan 03, 2007 6:57 am

Came in to GRR at about 1450 EST. Throngs of people (including myself) were all around the airport just to catch a glimpse of this beauty. Here it is coming in on final for 26L:
Big version: Width: 919 Height: 634 File size: 49kb
 
JetBlueGuy2006
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RE: 747 Heading To GRR

Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:11 am

Quoting Web (Reply 5):
Came in to GRR at about 1450 EST. Throngs of people (including myself) were all around the airport just to catch a glimpse of this beauty. Here it is coming in on final for 26L:

Great Picture. I would love to head over to Grand Rapids to pay my respects to this wonderful man, but I know it is so busy, I think I will wait for a couple of weeks to head over, pay respects to him and look around the Presidential Museum.

RIP Gerald OUR. Ford
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CALMSP
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RE: 747 Heading To GRR

Wed Jan 03, 2007 3:24 pm

hopefully my fellow ex-coworkers got some good pics of all the activity.........
 
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RE: 747 Heading To GRR

Thu Jan 04, 2007 1:52 am

SAM 29000 carrying President Ford home.

http://www.airliners.net/uf/536872672/1167842973Y9rQww.jpg
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gregarious119
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RE: 747 Heading To GRR

Thu Jan 04, 2007 1:55 am

Was anyone around to listen to the ATC around GRR when SAM 29000 came in?

What would the callsign of the plane be when POTUS isn't on board?

Does that change when late or former presidents are on board?
 
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RE: 747 Heading To GRR

Thu Jan 04, 2007 2:34 am

Quoting Gregarious119 (Reply 9):
Was anyone around to listen to the ATC around GRR when SAM 29000 came in?

I was monitoring ATC in GRR- callsign was "SAM 29000" even though ex President Carter was aboard.
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KarlB737
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RE: 747 Heading To GRR

Thu Jan 04, 2007 4:15 am

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Ford 747 Does Ann Arbor Flyover
By Action News
January 2, 2007

The Air Force 747 carrying the body of President Ford roared low over Ann Arbor Tuesday afternoon en route to Grand Rapids. The jet, part of the White House presidential fleet, appeared to fly over Michigan Stadium and rock its wings in a brief appearance beneath the clouds.

Video:

Courtesy: WXYZ-TV

http://wxyz.com/cr/cda/player/1,1272,WXYZ_49477_320_240,00.html
 
ANCFlyer
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RE: 747 Heading To GRR

Thu Jan 04, 2007 5:07 am

Quoting Gregarious119 (Reply 9):
Does that change when late or former presidents are on board?

No

Quoting Tjwgrr (Reply 10):
callsign was "SAM 29000" even though ex President Carter was aboard.

Of course, Former President Carter isn't PotUS . . .

NO USAF aircraft carries the callsign AF1 unless the sitting PotUS is aboard.
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RE: 747 Heading To GRR

Thu Jan 04, 2007 5:23 am

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 1):
My one political reply, I promise.

Gerald R. Ford was a great man who served his country above and beyond the call of duty. His pardoning of Richard Nixon cost him a second term as President, but in the long run, it healed the country.

In my opinion, he was one of the last Presidents to be a forward thinker, and certainly one of the last people to think of the needs of the country before his own political career.

History is proving to be very kind to this great man. His personal sacrifice to the United States deserves to be remembered. Rest in peace, Mr. President.

I'm a dyed in the wool Democrat, and I agree with everything you said. Great post. (OK no more politics from me either)

Tjwgrr, that was a fine shot of the A/C with the airport's sign. Nice Job.

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