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Air Force 2 Reports Bird Strike and Returns - C-17 Becomes Air Force 2

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Air Force 2 Hit By Bird Strike After Takeoff From New Hampshire. Vice President Mike Pence, who attended a rally in Gilford Tuesday, returned to Washington via cargo jet after Air Force 2 was grounded (patch.com) Mais...

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bkoskie
Billy Koskie 22
My goodness people. Regardless of party, wanting harm to people is just wrong. And this site is about aviation, for crying out loud.
mariofer
mariofer 17
How sad when commentary about an aviation incident turns into a political discord fest. Regardless where you like the principal flying on that airplane or not, there are human lives at stake here and everyone should be thankful for the good outcome of this incident. If you cannot see that, you are not fit to live in a civilized society.
sgbelverta
sharon bias 3
I don't recall a bird strike on AF1 or AF2 ever before. I may be wrong. This is why it made the news. It really is news.
WhiteKnight77
WhiteKnight77 6
It might be newsworthy, but the fact that people want to make it a political thing is disheartening. It shows how bad people do not care about anyone but those of their own ilk. smh
edboock52
Ed Boock 18
Interesting way to get home.
Not everyone gets a ride on a C-17.
A happy ending and a good story to tell.
What else could you ask for?

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jfmitch1716
Jim Mitchell 8
Was it a Canada goose?
kenbadger1
Ken Riehl 1
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Canada_Goose/lifehistory
Ifly2high
It wasn't a goose. It was a small bird like a pidgeon.
kenbadger1
Ken Riehl 3
If it had been, it would have made a much larger foof
PKVol
Patrick Keohane 1
Probably hit the gooses left wing!
jfmitch1716
Jim Mitchell 1
sounds political to me
18handicap
Billy Hicks 20
I don't read this site to see political commentary.
rdburgan
Richard Burgan 5
Did anyone find the ATC audio of this incident? The crew is really top notch and probably would be a really good example of how to respond to an emergency.
madrockradio
James Cross 4
It's on the VASAviation channel on Youtube
travistx
travistx 1
https://youtu.be/x_YX9RQXnbw
RECOR10
RECOR10 1
There is a reason they are flying who they are flying....
FredRio
Fred J. 4
You really think that a full time military crew is that superior to any commercial crew with thousands and thousands of hours of flying for, sometimes, decades all over the world and through all kinds of emergency? And flying any politician and his entourage is fine, but on my book is not even remotely more important than 300+ persons and their daughters, sons, moms, wife’s, husbands, etc.... Just to be clear, I’m sure that these vip transport military crews are ALSO top notch, of course. My issue is with the idea that they would be superior to a veteran civilian crew in any way.
rdburgan
Richard Burgan 3
I didn't say anything about military vs civillian crews.
RECOR10
RECOR10 2
I work with a guy, he is a surgeon....he flew combat missions (USN), he switched craft...he then flew dignitaries and what not, he is not to clear on the specifics. Navy paid for him to go to Med School....currently he is a Trauma Surgeon, he, singularly has made more critical decisions as a surgeon with NOT A SIGN of stress or question. That is the personality that we need, as pilots and as trauma surgeons.
brianyates
Brian Yates 2
Give it a rest guys, Everyone went home safe and as said below it is only a story because it was AF2 and a bird strike.
srichardson2011
Steven Richardson 2
Wow watching all these comment's , How a simple Plane Transfer has become A Political hog wash fight amongst you American's . Those threatening words from Mr McIntyre has caused a throbe of comments of people dying . please keep it simple about aircraft and not your politic hic ups Thankyou.
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 0
Agree. With the exception of "you American's" (sic). Did you check? Are you certain all those fighting are Americans?
srichardson2011
Steven Richardson 1
Well from A Distance it looks like American and he was transfered from Airforce 2 which I believe is American . Thankyou
blackhawkdrvr
Ailin Barron 1
Having Wayyyy to many hours in the back of a C-17, if you have to travel by Air Force cargo plane that’s the way to go. That’s is in comparison to the back of a C-130.
jfmitch1716
Jim Mitchell 1
as I used to say "the c130 the snap, crackle and pop plane."
darjr26
darjr26 1
That’s what happens to birds when they don’t wear their masks.
jdriskell
James Driskell 1
Or riding in a C-117, now that really builds character and trains the bladder

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jfmitch1716
Jim Mitchell -2
yeah the Snap, Crackle and Pop aircraft.

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sledogpilot
Duane Mader 2
First President since Reagan NOT to get us into a war.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
Since it was AF-2, I thought Pence was aboard.
tomasz2013
tomasz dabrowski -6
39 days left, i wouldn't be surprised if Trump started the Iran war to bump his numbers. Republicans have a tendency to allow the generals and admirals their "training" since before Reagan. PS did you forget Grenada?
ko25701
ko25701 3
Grenada was a rescue mission, not a war. Combat lasted about a week if I recall.
tomasz2013
tomasz dabrowski 1
Rescue missions dont last a week (or in this case 4 days) and troops do not stay months later to ensure no else is held against their will.
WAR a state of armed conflict between different nations or states or different groups within a nation or state.
War is an intense armed conflict between states, governments, societies, or paramilitary groups such as mercenaries, insurgents and militias. It is generally characterized by extreme violence, aggression, destruction, and mortality, using regular or irregular military forces.
Next you will say that any war with less than 10000 casualties is not a war.
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 1
I think I'm right in this...if the U.S. doesn't officially declare it a war, it isn't one. Back when the Korean conflict was raging, even though today people refer to it as the Korean War, it was actually what the president called a Police Action. So - Grenada wasn't a war.
tomasz2013
tomasz dabrowski 1
Trust me when i tell you that my brothers who went there and told me about it it was a war,
Not the same one i went to but it is to them.
RECOR10
RECOR10 -1
Funny, my brother, who is a Marine and half brother who is also a Marine (FA-18 driver) do not seem to have a hard time getting the term war confused. War is declared or not. Get over it. I however do not infer that I know a thing about the fights either was in...both have had to dispatch more "unfriendlies" than you (or I). I may beat them both for the number of dead in the same room, however...
tomasz2013
tomasz dabrowski 1
1. when i said brothers i meant brothers in arms
2. The last time war was declared by the US congress was 1942
3. Grenada was an invasion and war dont minimize what it was as its disrespectful to my brothers in arms
jfmitch1716
Jim Mitchell 1
I think Roosevelt declared it a war about 7 Dec 1941
WhiteKnight77
WhiteKnight77 1
Congress voted for, and declared war on Dec. 8, 1941, only after Roosevelt asked for such a declaration.
RECOR10
RECOR10 -1
FACT MONGER!!!
KQX1978
KQX1978 1
Get off this site with your political agenda!
666adt
Andrew Turnbull 2
I don't think you have to worry about THIS administration playing fast and loose with the troops, unlike prior administrations.
tomasz2013
tomasz dabrowski 1
I guess leaving Syria and our allies the Kurds who lost 10,000 defeating ISIS and then sending some back after Turkey invaded Syria a third time is not fast and loose?

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whip5209
Ken McIntyre 10
And what if the stricken aircraft was to crash into your house? Your comment is stupid.

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whip5209
Ken McIntyre 1
Said the Democrat. Of the US political party supposedly of acceptance and tolerance. You and Iwalani have no love or compassion for your fellow man.

You started it.
jbsimms
James Simms 1
Also encouraging it by continued riots
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 0
"You started it." ??? Grow up.

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JedFR
JedFR 1
Just imagine how bad your mental illness will be if he gets reelected in November!
jfmitch1716
Jim Mitchell 1
not happening 6 Nov 2020
tomasz2013
tomasz dabrowski -1
God is to busy creating another universe to fix his mistakes (namely us) to bother. Plus he wouldnt cause a slow climate change thats affecting the planet (our doing). He would show up and say KNOCK IT OFF.
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 1
Religion and politics - now we've hit a homer in topics deemed not suitable for discussion. Who ever thought this is what Flight Aware was all about.
jbsimms
James Simms -7
I’ve sent a screenshot w/your comments circled to both the Department of Justice & the Secret Service

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666adt
Andrew Turnbull 5
You are aware, I take it, that the Mueller witch hunt unleashed two dozen Trump enemies on him and spent $40 million over 2 years...and they couldn't even hang a parking ticket around his neck.

"Handlers in Russia" betrays your TDS mental illness.
tomasz2013
tomasz dabrowski 1
You are aware, I take it, that Trump tried to obstruct justice TEN TIMES and was only thwarted because the people he wanted to carry out his obstruction said no? You are aware, I take it, that the investigation was paid for (and then some) by all the fines handed out? You are aware, I take it, that Mueller punted on how the President should be punished to congress which Impeached him and the Senate acquitted him AFTER it would not allow new witnesses and documents? I take it you refuse to be aware of these facts.
whip5209
Ken McIntyre 0
And if it had been Hiden's jet, your panties would have been in a wad. And you'd now be blaming Trump for letting birds fly around airports. Sheesh!

You people are crazy, wishing jet crashes on anyone is sick.
whip5209
Ken McIntyre 2
You ever have a pilot friend or co-worker die in a plane crash? I have. Not fun. Lost one of my favorite pilot friends three months ago.

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Quirkyfrog
Robert Cowling -9
If he DID think, he would have abandoned this clear and present danger to American Western Democracy within the first few months of this misadministration. Most of the time he stands looking like a potted plant. Often with a slight smile. He's an accomplice, a 'useful idiot' that was placed there to appeal to the religious flakes in this country. Without Pence, trump would look ever more malignant than any other ruthless and callous dictator. Plus without Fox News, BOTH would be laughed out of office.

Kruschev swore that he would destroy America from within. It took a few more years than he probably thought, but here we are. A reality show addicted uneducated minority is being led by lies and disinformation. How sad that the country they fly the flag of so proudly is being destroyed by their 'savior'. Sad, ironic, disgusting? It was in the cards apparently. 'We' became complicit. Education fell into disrepair, and corporations aquired far too much power over government. My honest fear is that even in Biden wins, and democrats sweep both houses, the cancer will remain, and will flare up in 2024. I'm just so sad that this country is dying while I'm still alive. We have so much, so so much to lose...
redseaconsulting
Robert Mack 3
Mr. Cowling, in reference to your comment about God trying to send a message as well as this one, I'm pretty sure God isn't pacing back and forth, wringing His hands, and trying to figure out what is going to happen (unless you know something that nobody else knows). I'll admit, I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer but look at what's going on in this country and maybe read Romans 1, maybe Romans 3: 10-18, then II Timothy 3, and finally Romans 13 about being subject to Government. And if you're in to YouTube, maybe watch John MacArthur's "When God Abandons a Nation" (and there are many others). In closing, may all of us find peace, compassion, discernment, and wisdom throughout our journey in life.
RECOR10
RECOR10 1
Funny and true...once again we had to hire additional medical staff. On Monday a woman came in. I walked past her car on my way in. Her bumper sticker confirmed she would not be working at our facility. Advertising stupid is not a good trait if you are seeking employment. And, you are absolutely correct about Kruschev.
WhiteKnight77
WhiteKnight77 1
So your company is not hiring based on political affiliation? While not a protected class, that you are trying to hire only those who agree with you is not a good look for any company. She may have been the perfect fit for your company in her profession, but you may very well end up with someone who is completely incompetent even though they share your political views.
RECOR10
RECOR10 1
Nope....healthcare...dont need the enemy on staff...
WhiteKnight77
WhiteKnight77 0
Hopefully, you get the incompent group think employee. There are places that politics should not be at play. That you perceive someone as the enemy shows that you should not be in such a position to hire or fire anyone. Hopefully, you are not a doctor's office where you might have to actually treat someone who does not share your views.

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