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Posted on 03/30/2012 9:11:09 AM PDT by JimVT
Two Air Force Ones?
Air Force One landed about 11:30 a.m.
About 15 minutes later here comes "Air Force One" again.
I know the first one didn't take off...it would be going out on r/w 33 right over my home.
I thought it was only called AF1 when the POTUS was on board.
Anybody know who's on the #2 plane and why the designation.
Running 2 of those 747s up here is costing us a bundle!
Must have been George Soros on the plane.
Yes, there are ALWAYS two Air Force Ones for security reasons. GW Bush did the same.
Did you “salute” when they went by?
I seem to recall that they always fly the backup 747 when the President travels... but it is true that only the aircraft carrying the President is AF1... regardless of whether that aircraft is a 747 or a Piper Cub. Whomever reported that it was a second AF1 was not technically correct.
I believe this is a security practice going back to around the Nixon era. (there are 2 747s that could have the designation AF1 if the President is on it and in wartime, 3 E-4s that also serve this purpose so technically, there could be 5 potential AF1s.)
Nope. There is and always will be only one AF1 as that is the call sign. The aircraft becomes AF1 when the President is aboard. There may be 2 similar jets, but only 1 call sign.
There are several similar planes, most are NAOCs (National Airborne Operations Center), which look exactly like AF1, but without the seal. I remember on 9/11 when every plane in the US was grounded, for several hours I could see a single NAOC circling WPAFB. They are typically reserved for the Chiefs of Staff.
It would be pointless to use a second airplane as a decoy if it was given a different designator.
What city is this?
I know moochelle is visitng Vegas and other places with her daughters today
and she can use the 747
I don’t know if she and 0dumbo were going to be in the same place today
The principal of my kids’ grade school told me this story. The school was located next to a lake that served as a seaplane base. For some reason a pilot, didn’t know about the grounding, forgot, had a brain fart, decided to go for flight. He just got off the water and when an Air Force jet screamed in at tree level and forced him down.
The Principal said all the kids on the playground stopped dead in their tracks in astonishment at the spectacle.
His and Hers
Oh wait, hers is in Las Vegas
(Did Reggie tiptoe aboard “his”)?
Misnomer: "Air Force One" is a moniker/call sign for any plane the POTUS is on.
So only one Air Force One can exist at a time. The Other one that landed is a backup plane.
Well, if you're going to be critical, I guess I can, as well...
"Air Force One" is a call sign for any USAF aircraft the president's on. If he's on a Navy or any other service's aircraft, it's not Air Force One. :)
Would the appropriate daytime salute to the bird be a bird? And the night time be a mooning?
I was thinking of the bird, but any ‘appropriate’ gesture would work.
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