May 16, 2006

Air Force Two at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

POST #    2127

Over the weekend, I went to Lacon (I have some pictures), but on the way back yesterday, I spotted an airplane with some distinct markings. It didn't seem like anybody else noticed it. It had to be either Air Force One or Air Force Two. And as the occupant of Air Force One had to deliver a speech Monday night, I deduced that it was Air Force Two.

And indeed it was. Dick Cheney was in Minneapolis to hand out an award and for a fundraiser. It seems like the award was originally supposed to be given next week, but combining a fundraiser and an award ceremony in the same day, it seems to make the most sense.

Posted by tien mao in Travel at 7:49 AM



Interesting bit from

"Air Force One" isn't technically a plane: It's simply the radio call name for any U.S. Air Force plane carrying the president of the United States. As soon as the president steps aboard an Air Force plane, that plane is referred to as Air Force One by the crew and all air traffic controllers, in order to avoid confusion with any other planes in the area. If the president rides on an Army aircraft, that aircraft is Army One, and whenever he boards his specialized helicopter, that craft is Marine One. Civilians generally refer to the physical plane itself as Air Force One, of course, and we will in this article too.

Today, there are actually two planes that regularly fly under this designation -- nearly identical Boeing 747-200B jets. The planes themselves are designated VC-25A, with tail numbers 28000 and 29000.

Did you get the tail number on this one, Tien?

How Air Force One Works []

Posted by: Adam at May 16, 2006 6:16 PM

actually, i did know that. i don't think i got the tail number. waaaay too far away for the lens that i had on the camera. i'll take another look though.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 16, 2006 11:24 PM

Cool. I bet you were waiting for some ahole commenter to put that info in the comments. ;)

Posted by: Adam [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 17, 2006 8:59 AM

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