dwalden
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Spotting Air Force One

Wed Apr 20, 2011 6:33 pm

President Obama is scheduled to land in Reno, NV sometime tomorrow morning. I've been trying to find when AF1 will be landing, but there is no official schedule:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/schedule/complete/2011-04-21

Anyone have tips on getting the schedule for AF1, or is it pretty much classified if they don't want the public to know?
 
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RE: Spotting Air Force One

Wed Apr 20, 2011 7:08 pm

There is never an official schedule for AF1. The only clue is usually checking TFRs. In your case for Reno there is a TFR between 1800 and 2100 UTC meaning he will probably arrive and depart within that window

http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_1_7727.html
 
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RE: Spotting Air Force One

Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:06 pm

When he visits Europe you can usually read the NOTAM as the airspace is closed prior to arrival. Would guess it's the same in the US, that will give you a window of an hour or less.
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RE: Spotting Air Force One

Thu Apr 21, 2011 2:04 pm

I was told that taking pictures of AF1 was illegal. The police told me I couldn't and needed to leave because AF1 was approaching soon. So, be careful.
 
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RE: Spotting Air Force One

Thu Apr 21, 2011 2:30 pm

Quoting hrtsfldhomeboy (Reply 3):
I was told that taking pictures of AF1 was illegal.

I don't know where you were trying to photograph from, but it certainly is not illegal to take pictures of Air Force 1 here in the United States.

http://www.moose135photography.com/Airplanes/Airliners-and-Airport-Spotting/Kennedy-Airport/JM2011040682-8000002/1242655747_Beqb3-L.jpg

I've photographed it close to a dozen times that POTUS has visited NYC and never had any issues. As long as you are in a publicly accessible place, there should be no problems. You may have eyes on you (not all seen by you...) but you are free to photograph it all you like.
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RE: Spotting Air Force One

Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:35 pm

I'd like to see someone try to stop me from taking pictures of 28000 and 29000 from the back deck of my house when they come to PHL. I live just to the side of the approach to 27R and have gotten them twice already. That would be hilarious.
 
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RE: Spotting Air Force One

Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:21 pm

Hey guys....thanks for your help. Here are some of what I was able to get yesterday:







 
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RE: Spotting Air Force One

Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:03 pm

Very nice! I love the shots with the mountains in the background.
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RE: Spotting Air Force One

Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:30 am

Quoting hrtsfldhomeboy (Reply 3):
I was told that taking pictures of AF1 was illegal. The police told me I couldn't and needed to leave because AF1 was approaching soon. So, be careful.

It is funny , but me and other spotter at OHare were stopped by Schiller Pk (village near to ORD) police officer and he explained us how to get closer to the AF1 standing area and take some pictures... Here , in US , alien presidents are more important than US president - I experienced that already when Chinese presidential aircraft visited Chicago.
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RE: Spotting Air Force One

Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:45 pm

Heads up ORD spotters. Tomorrow Air Force One between 10.30 - 11 am propably on 9R as last time (if the arrival pattern will not change if so it can be on 32R - then will be traffic hold because aircraft has to cross two pararell glideslopes).
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RE: Spotting Air Force One

Tue Apr 26, 2011 8:47 pm

According to the local news here, President Obama is going to attend the shuttle launch this week, is anyone aware of which airport he will be flying into?

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