Air Force One Landing
May 22, 2011 by USA Post
Air Force One Landing, Bad weather forced the Air Force One to circle Bradley International Airport in Connecticut in its first landing attempt this morning before hitting land safely on the second attempt, the White House, spokesman Nick Shapiro confirmed to reporters on board the aircraft. The plane was carrying the president of New London, Connecticut, where he gave a graduation speech in the United States Coast Guard Academy. “The pilot was in the process of landing, but due to bad weather the pilot decided to turn around and then landed the plane. This is a standard procedure and safe,” said Shapiro.
Pool reporter Linda Feldmann of the Christian Science Monitor said the sky was overcast and a light rain fell. Marc Ambinder National Journal was monitoring the frequencies of aviation when the incident occurred and wrote the following story out of notes: The airport was landing aircraft in instrument conditions. It had become a localizer beam, when “captured” by the radio receivers of a plane, can direct you to the center of the track. Additionally, a glide slope beam always-vertical signals.
An approach controller asked Air Force One, if there were “intercepted the localizer.” “Affirmative.” “Please contact the tower,” he said, giving the pilot the frequency of Bradley. The facility was closed, except for a helicopter full of police and Secret Service agents moved in the other end of the runway. Ground maintenance vehicles and luggage were frozen in place.
A few minutes after the tower had Air Force One, your permission to land, the pilot did not seem to like the vertical position of aircraft from the runway.
“Uh, Tower, Air Force One will have to give back,” he said.
The tower controller instructions president’s plane to maintain its altitude – 5,000 meters – and the vector in a wide circle around the airport. The procedure is common to all approaches of the track include a “go-around” diagram.
The approach controller wanted to make sure that this time, the huge Boeing VC 25 had room to run its “base leg” turn and start to track 6. “Do you have enough space?” he asked. “We can turn around,” said the pilot AF 1. About four minutes later, Air Force One was on the floor.
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