Want a pic with Air Force One? Now’s your chance

February 15th, 2014 | by Brett Kelman | Comments

As President Obama golfs at Sunnylands, Air Force One sits in the Palm Springs International Airport, looking a little lonely.

Maybe you should pay it a visit? If you want to, now is the time.

Dozens of people, maybe hundreds, are walking into the closed roads by the airport to take pictures with America’s most famous plane, which sits about 150 yards beyond the airport’s southern fence.



Technically, this road, Kirk Douglass Way, is closed to cars, but pedestrians and bicycles have been allowed to pass freely. Security staff guarding the plan are aware of the onlookers and don’t seem to care.


“This airport is pretty friendly, allowing us to get this close to it, said Tim Colomey, a tourist from Claremont who stopped to take pictures with his family. “I’ve seen it at LAX and they keep you at a distance … this is much much closer.”

Obama flew into Palm Springs on Friday night so he could meet with King Abdullah II of Jordan at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage. This is the second time Obama has met with another world leader at Sunnylands in the last eight months. Last June, Obama used the estate to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Obama is not expected to leave Sunnylands today. He plans to play golf with old friends, according to the White House.


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