Sounds fishy. Sounds more like some VIP was given a sightseeing flyover—hence the need for F-16 escorts and no announcement to the public.
The rest is White House CYA, IMHO...
Sounds like it to me, too. If this incident was actually what they were saying it was, a photo-op, they would have used a helicopter to get great shots of the plane and the terrain. Someone big enough to require a fighter escort was on that plane.
My guess is either a bigtime fundraiser, or Michelle and the kids.
There’s got to be a hidden message there somewhere.
Reminds me of when Xlinton put up a bunch of reprobate friends up for the night in the Lincoln Bedroom.