Shortly before 10:40AM today, Air Force One (92-9000) landed at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo with President Trump onboard. The visit is part of the President’s Asia-tour during which he will also visit South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
First VC-25 to Land: “SAM45”
At 10:11AM, before Air Force One itself landed, the back up VC-25, registered 82-8000, landed on Yokota’s runway 36 as “SAM45.”
“SAM45” shortly after landing on runway 36 at Yokota Air Base in front of Mt. Fuji.
It went all the way to the end of the runway before turning around and backtracking to its parking spot on the southern side of the air base.
“SAM45″operated by Boeing VC-25 registered 82-8000 turning at the end of the runway.
…and starting to backtrack down runway 18.
Heading to the VIP apron on the southern side of the air base.
Second VC-25 to Land: “Air Force One”
Less than half-an-hour later, at 10:38AM, the second VC-25 landed on runway 36. This one, registered 92-900, carried President Trump onboard – and as such flew with the world’s most well known callsign, “Air Force One.”
“Air Force One” slowing down on runway 36 in front of Mt. Fuji.
Unlike “SAM45,” the aircraft turned about two-thirds down the runway before taxiing to the VIP apron.
Rather than taxiing to the end of the runway, “Air Force One” turned two-thirds down the runway.
Notice that unlike 82-8000, this one features two wi-fi antennas on the rear part of its fuselage. In other words, it is “Twitter-compatible!”
“Air Force One” taxiing in front of Mt. Fuji.
Off for a Round of Golf Onboard “Marine One”
After his arrival, the President gave a speech to US troops based at the air base, and then headed for a round of golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
To get to the golf course located about 25 km away from Yokota, he used VH-3 Sea King – flying under the “Marine One” callsign.
“Marine One” together with two other helicopters flying towards Kasumigaseki Country Club where President Trump played golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The President is expected to spend tomorrow in Japan before departing to Korea on Tuesday morning.
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