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Plane used as Air Force One lands at Lewis-McChord

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 4, 2012 at 5:44 pm with 4 Comments »
March 4, 2012 5:44 pm

A Boeing 747 VC-25A commonly known as Air Force One landed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord this afternoon as part of a year-long maintenance cycle, officials said.

Several people spotted the plane about 2:30 p.m. and may see it again since it is scheduled to be in the area for the next few days.

“It’s just a maintenance cycle,” said Adamarie Lewis, a spokeswoman for the 62nd Airlift Wing. “It’s getting ready to be certified to return to the presidential rotation.”

She said there were no passengers aboard.

The plane is assigned to the 89th airlift wing at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

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  1. sheyingshi says:

    It’s only Air Force 1 if the president is on board. If one of the other planes in that squadron has POTUS on board it would be Air Force 1. BTW, Air Force 2 would carry the Vice President.

  2. thewestside says:

    It’s odd that a 747 would be brought to McChord for maintenance. McChord works on C-17’s.

  3. bobbysangelwife says:

    Perhaps it’s because it’s a Boeing plane and Boeing folks had to be sent out to do it’s maintenance…military has a love/hate relationship with them.
    Perhaps it’s because it’s property of the AirForce….they do fly and do the maintenance themselves, not trusting ‘outsiders’ to do the work.
    Who knows…and is it really that newsworthy?

  4. I think it is newsworthy. My family saw it come over the bay yesterday just before three pm, and have been wondering ever since, so I was glad to read this blurb.

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