Thursday, January 29, 2009

It's a bird, It's a plane, It's... Air Force Two?


Probably not. But if any of y'all were looking towards the skies around 2:10 or so you might have noticed a suspiciously-large-for-Charlottesville aircraft flying fairly low and headed towards the airport. You might have also noticed it's familiar paint job: white w/ light blue trim and an American flag painted on the tail.

So, after a little research, I've concluded it wasn't teh Obama making a surprise trip on Air Force One but that it was one of the modified 737s that occasionally ship the VP around under the callsign of Air Force Two.

The plane flying in to town had only two engines, not four like the one B. Hussein Obama has use of for the next 1451 days and 20 hours (but who's counting? well the fine folks at obamaclock.org for one). It also had those vertical blades at the tip of the wings that help make the planes more fuel efficient. Oh, and there were no commercial flights landing in town between 1:35 and 2:49.

You can read more about the plane here and here. While the planes (there are four of them apparently) do occasionally serve as Air Force Two shuttling the Vice-Messiah around our fair nation, they're also used for a lot of other dignitary types, so don't expect to see Mr. Biden rolling up to Massie Road anytime soon. Speculate away but perhaps Associate Justice Alito was the one receiving the VIP treatment as he's scheduled to give a talk on Grounds tomorrow Saturday, I believe.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Justice Alito is speaking Saturday, not tomorrow. www.uvapublicserviceconference.com

Rule 12 (f) said...

Sorry 'bout that, you are of course quite right!

Rule 12 (f) said...

fixed!

Anonymous said...

I've never seen aircraft of this type actually land at CHO, but when I was learning to fly when I was at UVa, I occasionally saw a similarly painted 757 making practice approaches. Really neat stuff!

Anonymous said...

Maybe Biden has come to see Jessica Simpson & Rascal Flats.

Anonymous said...

Probably practicing touch and gos:

http://www.gocho.com/airport/news/presidential-noise/