When Air Force One visits

Caution: Aviation nerdiness ahead.

What do other airliners do when Air Force One is in the area? They go around in circles over Eau Claire, Wis., and Redwood Falls, Minn. (Click image for larger view.)

The flight is a routine landing operation, but it still must be pretty special for a tower controller to give the president “permission” to land. This audio is “telescoped” slightly, so you can hear the kind of personal weather information a controller provides the president’s plane.

  1. Listen Air Force One Arrives at MSP

    February 26, 2014

Incoming flights were delayed about 20 minutes because of the president’s visit.

Air Force One landed at Minneapolis St. Paul around 1:22 p.m.

  • bri-bri

    Is Air Force One depicted on the map?

    • No on that map. It’s blocked from the data that Flight Aware (and other tracking sites use. But it was probably around Menominee at the time i took the screenshot.

  • Dave

    My twitter feed is filled with intrepid Minnesota reporters making statements about the president’s lack of outerwear. I hope one of them uses their time wisely and asks a hard-hitting, oh-so-relevant question about that. After all, the president can’t possibly have anything on his mind besides winter weather.

    • I like that you think people get to ask him questions.

  • CHL

    My husband just called to let me know that he was on 494 as Air Force One took off from the Airport. He was very impressed. But he didn’t even wave at the President! I would have done so if I were there!

  • kevinfromminneapolis

    Ah man 30L would have been awesome for viewing.