Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sighted in Oscoda: Air Force Two

You never quite know what you will see here in Oscoda, which is surprisingly close to a place just East of the Equator. On Wednesday, 7 September, Deirdre and I stopped at the Farmer's Market at the Oscoda City Park to pick up some veggies for dinner. The wind was coming from the northwest at a pretty steady 15-20 knots, and the waves from Lake Huron were pounding on the inlet that leads to the Au Sable River. We walked through the City Park to get to the breakwater to try to capture a few images of the waves.

After capturing a few happy snaps of the breakwater and the waves, I looked to the west and I saw a jet with the distinctive markings of the USAF C-32 aircraft (a modified Boeing 757) that is used to fly the Vice President and other high ranking officials of our government around. Dee had a better camera to try to capture a few images of this aircraft, so the images of the jet are hers. We watched the jet fly east over Lake Huron and turn back take to the west. It appeared that it was doing touch-and-goes at the Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport.

Though these image are too blurry to clearly see the lettering on the side of the aircraft, the words "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" was clearly visible to the naked eye on the port and starboard side of the jet. We drove to the Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport to see if we could capture any more images of the jet and we were able to see it make a couple more touch-and-goes before we left to run our errands for the day. Below is an image of the jet landing at KOSC.

Here is an image of the C-32 from Wikipedia. Clearly, this is the same aircraft.

It seemed odd to us that this aircraft would fly so far west and north to practice take offs and landings. However, it was pretty neat to see such a special jet up close. Yep, it was just your typical day here, just East of the Equator.

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