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Presidential jet practices approaches at Hagerstown airport

February 09, 2011

HAGERSTOWN — One of the jets that carries President Obama was flying over Hagerstown Regional Airport Wednesday morning to practice approaches, said David Pence, air traffic manager at Hagerstown Regional Airport.

Pence said the plane started flying over the airport at about 11 a.m. He said he didn’t know how long the plane would be in the area.

The presidential flights are routine at airports that are used by Air Force One. A plane is not designated Air Force One unless the president is on board.

“They’ll go to different airports they land at just to stay familiar with the types of approaches,” Pence said.

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