Air Force One

Sticking with my limo theme from a previous post, here is the ultimate limo!  Air Force One – an American icon and one of many limos at the President’s disposal.  Many are thrilled to see this beast arrive; however, it creates quite the hassle for air traffic anywhere close to this flying command center. Air Force One has a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) that follows it as it flies. Specifically, the TFR ranges from 30 to 40 miles in a radius around the aircraft – creating a 60 to 80 mile diameter sphere around the plane as it flies. Think about the size of that…and then think about how much travel occurs during an election time as the president zips all over the country campaigning.  An airport will completely shut down 10-15 minutes before Air Force One’s scheduled arrival and will remain shutdown until 10-15 minutes after it has parked and unloaded its critical cargo.  It can make for some frustrating delays and backups!

Lucky for me, this time we arrived after the traffic jam had subsided and the president was long gone.  I was able to zoom in and get some good images.  The control tower and clouds in the background make for an interesting composition.  Enjoy!

Bonus points to anyone who can guess what airport these were taken from!

Re-Discovering Aviation…

As a kid I always had a thing for speed.  I raced go-karts as a kid, stock cars as a teenager and started flying before I could drive.  I enjoyed flying so much I turned it into a career.  Like any career path you must climb the ladder to achieve greatness.  In aviation that ladder starts in general aviation.  As a flight instructor for 3 years I was interlaced in general aviation on a daily basis.  Having left general aviation for “bigger and better” in the commercial industry,  I lost touch with the roots of aviation – the fun aspect of flying.  Discover Aviation Days in Blaine, Minnesota brought me back and helped me re-discover why I started flying.  Now don’t get me wrong…I do love my current job as it presents an amazing office view every day, but this…this is why I started flying.

The show had an impressive display of old war-birds, a museum (Gold Wing Flying Museum), safety seminars, hangar dance and the traveling tribute to American Veterans.  I’ll let the photos speak for themselves!  More images from this and other aviation related events are available in my Aviation portfolio.