If reports are accurate, and there is no reason to doubt them, there was a major security breach involving Air Force One this weekend. If true, officials are extra puzzled because things are even more sinister than they seem, in a spooky high-tech kind of way, indicating that a major player like China could be implicated.
Air Force One had an extra tail
The Air Force’s 89th Airlift Wing, in charge of the fleet of nearly identical planes which get designated as “Air Force One” when the President is on board, issued a statement Monday confirming that they are “aware of the report” that a drone may have followed the president’s plane as it prepared to land at Joint Base Andrews on Sunday. “The matter is under review. The 89th Airlift Wing’s C-32A aircraft landed safely without incident.”
As reported by travelers aboard Air Force One on Sunday, an object which appeared to be a drone was shadowing the plane. “We were making the approach, but not yet in the final landing run. I saw a thing with a kind of X shape and part of it was yellow. That’s all I can say,” a passenger relates. “This was a brief moment, obviously, but not flashing by.”
The official had to look out the window of Air Force One twice. “I had long enough to do a double take, then wonder if my eyes were playing tricks on me, and then decide that yes, this was definitely something in the air and only a short distance below and a bit off to the side of our plane.” As a quick sanity check, the witness turned around to see if the person behind them saw it too. They did and the witness confirmed to CNN that “the person seated behind them also observed the object.”
A major security breach
“I’ve never seen anything as close to a plane as this, and since it was presumably quite small — i.e., it definitely wasn’t a plane – it can’t have been that far to be visible at that speed,” the Air Force One passenger deduces. If it was a drone, then that would be a major security breach because drones are banned in the restricted national security airspace around Washington.
Chinese drones have been particularly singled out as security risks. One of the things that really raises eyebrows is that if there was an object in the airspace around Air Force One, or Joint Base Andrews in general, it should have been detected.
CNN managed to get a U.S. official to leak. They note they can’t identify their rat but he tells them “there is a sensor system at Joint Base Andrews that would have, or should have, detected an unauthorized airborne object.” Especially if it was following Air Force One. As far as CNN was able to find out, “they have gone back through the initial feeds and the computers don’t show anything. They are continuing to investigate.”