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Airforce One does last second go around...(4 posts)

Airforce One does last second go around...ClydeTri
Sep 9, 2003 10:53 AM
Air Force One aborts landing at Jacksonville Naval Air Station at 11:14 a.m. Someone in the control tower waved the president's plane off after spotting a police car on a road near the runway. The 747, just moments before landing, pulled up and circled around, touching down successfully at 11:17 a.m. Turns out the police car was there to lead the presidential motorcade to a Bush-Cheney fundraiser.. The plane was quite low and about to touch down when it aborted, raising levels of concern for those aboard the plane... Filed By M. DRUDGE///

I was on a DC-9 back in 1976 that was going into Lexington KY when it was just above treetops did the same thing..quite exhilirating...pilot came on and told us he was going to miss the runway (it was very foggy) and decided to pull back up..to which all in the cabing clapped in agreement!
Thank GOD. If he'd missed the Lexington runway short, he wouldOldEdScott
Sep 9, 2003 11:04 AM
have taken out Keeneland Race Course, which would have been a tragedy!
Then he'd really be in sh!t up to his neck! nm4bykn
Sep 9, 2003 1:16 PM
"Executing the missed" isn't that uncommon.sn69
Sep 9, 2003 8:00 PM
In any instrument approach we fly, there's always a pre-determined point (independant of Ed's haunts) that we make a go/no-go decision at in case of several criteria. Normally, the decision to execute the missed is made because we didn't get below the weather while complying with published altitude minima on a given approach (the minima being defined by several parameters, the most important one being CLEARANCE FROM MAKING A BIG SPLAT ON THE GROUND). In the event of a visual approach, a missed might still be executed for runway incursions by other aircraft (the most numerous events at large airports) or other odd-ball things like animal on the runway--those godd___ed hogs that liked to munch on the light wires at NAS New Orleans would have made a big damn hole in the airplane, you know.

Squad cars certainly meet the criteria. In your mid-70s example, the aircraft never "broke out" at minimums, and thus never had the runway in sight.

See? We're not totally stooopidt. There is SOME method to our madness.