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    Default POTUS in town...

    I was at Starbucks getting an iced coffee knew something was up wen I saw a motorcade of black SUV's with police motorcycle escort come through town. My pager went off, requesting 3 firefighters and an officer for an Engine company detail starting at 1500 hours. I went to the firehouse to get my check and the Secret Service and a USAF fire chief were briefing the on duty personnel (Group 2) of what the procedure was for a Presidential helo landing. An ARFF unit was coming out from Hanscom AFB.

    I drove by the airport I take flight lessons (Marlboro Airport, FAA designation 9B1) at and the motorcade that I saw come through town was parked on the tarmac... in the airport parking lot was 15 State Police cruisers, 12 motorcycles, the Police Chief, the Mayor and other City dignitaries.

    The three helos came by the Casa de Gonz and landed at the airport about 10 minutes ago.

    POTUS flew in to survey flood damage and get a briefing from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).

    The 3 helos just flew over the house again.. probably headed to Hanscom for POTUS' departure.
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    the at the time president came here a few years ago. An airport firefighter I know told me they made them pull the trucks onto the station apron, and sit in the idling trucks when 15 minutes before the presidents plane landed and 15 minutes after it left. Even brought in regular suppression companies from the area to beef up staffing. He even said the SS has its own black ARFF truck that they bring, but I don't know if he was just messing with me.

    either way, sounds like they go all out.

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    I wish i could have made the trip to NH today to see him land and see the collection of trucks and personell. He was in portland Me today to do some speaking, no idea when hes leaving though. most likely shortly after the speech.

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    I was stationed at Andrews AFB, MD (Home of Air Force One), during the mid '90's. We actually had to go sit on the flightline in our trucks 30 minutes prior to the president's arrival and for 10 additional minutes after he left.

    There were times when we'd be out at night and we'd accidentally fall asleep and not come back to the station for an hour or two. *grin* oops.
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    gee the president came to my town recently and dennis kucinich took a ride on a plane and sold himself (and us, our children and our children's children)out....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ffmedcbk1 View Post
    gee the president came to my town recently and dennis kucinich took a ride on a plane and sold himself (and us, our children and our children's children)out....
    Not really relevant to the original post....
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    I had the three VH-3D's followed closeley behind by three VH-60N's fly over my house around 18:00 tonight. He was out and about going somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ffmedcbk1 View Post
    gee the president came to my town recently and dennis kucinich took a ride on a plane and sold himself (and us, our children and our children's children)out....
    pics or it didn't happen
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcusKspn View Post
    pics or it didn't happen
    If that was directed at me....

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    Did he take off his cape when he landed.. oh wait, you said he took a helicopter.

    My bad.

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    Huh, He showed up here in Air Force one. Must be we are more Impotent!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zackman1801 View Post
    I wish i could have made the trip to NH today to see him land and see the collection of trucks and personell. He was in portland Me today to do some speaking, no idea when hes leaving though. most likely shortly after the speech.



    It is just another air plane that has different markings and people on board !!

    Stay Safe and Well Out There....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScareCrow57 View Post
    Huh, He showed up here in Air Force one. Must be we are more Impotent!!!




    ANY plane the POTUS is in, is called AIR FORCE ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Any Air Force aircraft POTUS is on is designated Air Force One, if the aircraft is from another service then it recieves the service deignation + One, for example: Marine One (normally a helicopter), Navy One (used when President Bush flew onto an aircraft carrier), etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    ANY plane the POTUS is in, is called AIR FORCE ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The planes are designated Air Force One

    The Helicopters are designated Marine One
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    It is just another air plane that has different markings and people on board !!
    But it is a beautiful aircraft! I was working the day he came into Albany; it is just breathtaking! I've seen a boatload of different aircraft and this one was just amazing... Got some gorgeous photos of it (but didn't get the tour!!!)

    And, it's more than just another airplane; the airframe, the power plants, brakes are definitely not stock... The communications system on board would keep me in my glory for years, and the countermeasures!!! Have seen both the 28000 and 29000 here (doesn't really matter much, I'd take either one!!!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    ANY plane the POTUS is in, is called AIR FORCE ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is true. I was just thinking we had the real Air Force one, the 747. When most people think AF1 they think of the 747

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScareCrow57 View Post
    This is true. I was just thinking we had the real Air Force one, the 747. When most people think AF1 they think of the 747
    Ay aircraft the president flies on is "real". He could come in in a Waco biplane and that would be Air Force One.
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    The real Air Force One carries Harrison Ford.
    Logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    It is just another air plane that has different markings and people on board !!

    ahh screw the plane, i wanted to see the parade of SS agents and fire trucks!

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