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Bush makes a stop at Regional Airport

November 08, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

Yes, that was Air Force One flying over Hagerstown Friday afternoon.

President Bush stopped by Hagerstown Regional Airport for a quick transfer, during which he exited his plane and boarded a helicopter, said Carolyn Motz, airport manager.

"It's an honor," she said. "It's not something we take for granted."

Bush has used the airport as a transfer spot numerous times, each of which requires a shutdown of other airport activities, Motz said.

"It's a matter of minutes really," she said.

Airport flights were halted for 20 to 30 minutes Friday as a result of the president's stop.

Bush walked quickly from the plane to his helicopter and did not stop to shake any hands, Motz said.

Motz said nobody complained about the halt in airport services.

"People in this area, they're very cordial about it. Very understanding," she said. "Most people are very positive about the whole thing."

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Motz, who has met Bush, did not know his destination, though she said it may have been Camp David.

Earlier in the day he spoke to a group of students and teachers at a community college in North Carolina, according to The Associated Press.

For Motz and other airport employees, Bush's flight was just about like any other.

"It's all in a day's work," she said.

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