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Originally posted by Virgil Cain
On saturday afternoon, I saw 3 Chinooks escorting 2 Marine Ones over downtown Baltimore in the direction of DC. Listening to the Orioles game later, they mentioned that the helicopter escort came over the stadium to drop off President Obama at the White House (they were playing the Nationals down in DC).
I gathered that he had taken Marine One all the way to West Point, otherwise, I do not know why the helicopters would be coming in over Bmore.
As an aside, I saw one the huge transport aircraft come over not long after the Helicopters, also going towards DC from the northeast ( towards Andrew's I assumed). My assumption was that it may have been carrying auxillary equipment back from West Point, although it could've been unrelated.
Just thought I'd add my own observations to the discussion. I wondered whether he would take AFO to West Point or Marine One all that way, and based on my observations, it seemed he took Marine One.
[edit on 26-5-2010 by Virgil Cain]
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by RichardPrice
Unless the other VC-25 is in PDM or down for maintenance, they fly them both on trips. One lands about 30 minutes behind the other. EVERY time that we had Air Force One come through Hickam, it was both VC-25s. When they were flying 26000 and 27000 it was always both of them. I have never seen them use another type of aircraft as the backup.
I saw Air Force One this morning in flight