Thursday, March 19, 2009

"Mr. President, we have landed in Long Beach"

President Obama arrived in Long Beach yesterday at 3:03 pm and stayed long enough (Press Telegram - Obama's 9 minutes in Long Beach) to transferred from Air Force One to Marine One, heading for a town hall meeting in Costa Mesa.
Lots of excited people (including yours truly) lined the section of the runway by Globemaster Way just to witness this special event. Here is Air Force One on approach with the Pyramid at Cal State Long Beach.
Marine One was accompanied by 4 other helicopters, taking off at precise intervals and flying in a distinct formation, heading South.
I played around with saturation to get the lettering on the airplane to show.

17 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

Très chic !

The last picture is wonderful!
Kind Regards
Léia

Palm Axis said...

I'm impressed. Now hurry, grab a folding chair and make your way up to Burbank. I hear our president has a meeting with Jay Leno.

Lily Hydrangea said...

How exciting...Wonderful post!

Creative Vignettes said...

Ah, the benefits of having a Democrat for President. He'll actually visit California! :-)

Wonderful shots Tash!

Merisi said...

Beautiful memories of a special event! :-)

Lindab said...

Exciting to see the real thing, as opposed to just on TV or in the press.

Powell River Books said...

This sure brings back memories. When I lived in Long Beach during high school and college I used to love to go to the airport to watch planes take off and land. I remember seeing Hugh Heffner's black jet with the bunny on the tail and the "Guppy" used by NASA to transport large rocket components. I even had the first date with my husband there when he picked me up to fly to Catalina Island. Air Force One brings back memories of when it was parked at March Air Force Base when Reagan was president. You always give me such good strolls down memory lane. - Margy

Sterl the Pearl's Daily Pics of Boulder said...

That's exciting! Must have been fun. I'd love a ride on AF One.

Jacob said...

Great series of photos...thanks for letting us share in those moments of anticipation and excitement!

marley said...

Very cool. Its not every day you get to see Air Force One. Did you spot the man himself? Nice collection of photos.

I hear Obama is doing Jay Leno tonight - that should be interesting.

PJ said...

Very nice catch, ma'am, I'm glad you got that chance and could share it with us. I was within 100 feet or so of the King And Queen of Spain a couple of weeks ago but didn't get to see them. Long story...funny story about their visit to Pensacola here:
http://freeofthepress.wordpress.com/2009/02/19/a-royal-screw-up/

Cafe Pasadena said...

You work near the LB Airport?
What are exited people?

Babzy said...

interesting shot and report !

Bibi said...

I saw Air Force One at Belgrade airport when Jimmy Carter and family came...I shook their hands (and have a photo, though I'm not posting!)

--Little Secret Bibi

Nancy said...

Wish I could have gone to the town home meeeting. My uncle waited in line but at the last minute all these people cut in line and he was cut short!

Keith said...

Great photo's! This is very cool that you got to be there to see this and take your own photo's.

cat said...

be entertained