Update Concerning “Scare Force One” Over NYC

May 11, 2009


This just in from the Air Force via Bob Owens at Confederate Yankee… (Thanks, Bob!) The question is, “Exactly who was in those planes that buzzed NYC?” Here’s an official response…

Mr. Owens–

Documents related to your inquiry may be requested through
the Air Force Freedom of Information Act office: request options and
instructions are available at http://www.foia.af.mil/. However, the flight in question occurred as part of a scheduled training mission, so there were no passengers on board. Requested documents therefore will only list military personnel.

Lt Col Tadd Sholtis
Deputy Chief, Current Operations
Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs

That leaves me with a couple of questions about that statement… Was Lt. Col Tadd Sholtis talking about the chase planes, Scare Force One itself, or both? And who constitutes a “non passenger”?

You know, the more we look at this, the worse it gets… Either a bunch of political/military people were phenomenally stupid and gave the OK for the “training” flight that justifiably scared the snot out of a boatload of innocent people, or it was a special-interest joyride. (Or maybe it was a combination of the two.)

I’ll keep you posted concerning my own FOIA request.

Shaking my head…

Alan Speakman

Scare Force One Photo: Obama’s “Exif” Strategy?

May 10, 2009


UPDATE: Welcome, Ace of Spades readers! Feel free to browse around and enjoy yourselves.

Color me skeptical, but there’s something that still doesn’t smell right about that April 27 $328,000 photo op flight involving Air Force One (tail number 28000 when the POTUS is not on board) that caused utter panic on the ground as it buzzed New York City.

Here’s the picture location from the White House web site:


First of all, it’s an awful picture for an official “Photo Op”:

  • It’s dark
  • The canopy of the plane taking the photo is reflecting light in the upper right
  • By “hundreds of thousands of dollars‘” standards, it’s low-resolution

But there’s something else that’s possibly even more telling about this photo: If you take the shot into a decent photo software package, the Exif (Exchangeable image file format) data is missing.

Here’s what I’m talking about; below is a link I picked at random to a typical White House image release:


Now, if we look at the Exif info, everything looks as expected:

POTUS Security with Exif

See all that geek data in the bottom 2/3rds of the Exif window? Well, that’s typical for digital cameras. It contains  technical information about the photo, including the brand of camera, shutter speed, aperature settings etc. and is automatically embedded into the photo at the time it is created. Not everycamera generates those numbers, but the majority do. Now, look at the Exif data for the $328,000 photo:

Air Force One with Exif info missing

Looks kind of stark, doesn’t it? Hey, it’s possible the camera didn’t support that info (though I’m skeptical in the extreme). IMHO, it’s far more likely that the data was purged before the picture was released because the shot was taken by a POS (Point and Shoot) camera. And it’s an either/or situation. For the moment… your call. In any event, that’s a crappy $328,000 photo.

But mark these words: If it turns out that the April 27 flight wasn’t a “photo op” gone bad but instead was a joy ride for insiders, lobbyists, or “movers and shakers”, mainstream America is going to have a kitten! Americans will tolerate a lot from their elected officials – we’ll take unfair tax hikes and corruption from both the Right and Left. We’ll wince away at “Read my lips” and “the definition of ‘is'”.

But we will not accept a “Let them eat cake” governmental mindset that sends New Yorkers justifiably running screaming into the streets for fear that their buildings are about to be hit again. Events like 9/11, Pearl Harbor, and even the Civil War resonate to the very core of our national being.

This is thin ice…

Once again, I suggest that you submit a Freedom Of Information Act Request to find out exactly who was on Flight 28000…

Alan Speakman

Freedom of Information Act – “Scare Force One”

May 7, 2009


Ever want to submit your very own Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request? Well back on April 28th, 2009, I did just that in an attempt to find out just who was on board “Scare Force One”. (Sorry Michelle Malkin, but I think I beat you to the punch.) My hunch was then, as it is now, that that little $320,000.00 jaunt was about a little more than just pretty pictures. (Does anyone remember the political machinations behind the 2001 U.S.S. Greeneville/Ehime Maru disaster in which the Greenville did an emergency blow and struck and sank the Japanese fishing boat killing nine?)

Well! You too can submit a form to ask for your very own copy of the flight manifest of “Scare Force One”. (This is sure to land you on the president’s Christmas card list!) Anyway… Here’s the preferred format:


Your name, (your blog)
Your full snail mail adress
Your email


Office of Administration
FOIA Officer
725 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20503
Phone: (202) 395-2273
Fax: (202) 456-7921

Dear FOIA Officer,

My request is for a copy of the flight manifest for the recent (Monday, April 27, 2009) low-level, photo-op flight over New York City by the plane that when used by President Obama is referred to as “Air Force One”. It was accompanied by one or two F-16 fighter jets. No doubt you’re familiar with this flight, but to be very clear, here is a link to the flight in question complete with a video: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8021830.stm
(Also see: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jQCKDUYswf9K9lMjX4oxtDxHVqXQD97RFTKG0)

I understand that there may be a fee, and am willing and able to pay a reasonable fee. Please contact me at my email address concerning the details of obtaining this particular flight manifest.

Thank you in advance for your help securing this information,

Your name, (your blog)
Your email address


I faxed my request in…

Seriously… Just be aware that you’re talking with the “Big Dudes”…

If you choose to go ahead… Good luck!

Alan Speakman

P.S. So far no word back from the powers at be… I’ll keep you posted.

“Scare Force One”: Photo Ops for Everyone!

April 30, 2009


Thanks to the NY Daily News, we can all have Air Force One do a virtual low fly-by in our own neighborhoods!  

With some stock images, few minutes and a couple of clicks of a mouse, a White House staffer could’ve placed the jet in front of just about any New York landmark.

We should know. We did just that. 

But we can’t be the only ones with a flair for Photoshopping. Think you can do better? Be our guest.

In full Tea Party mode, I’m going to suggest doing this for more than just fun; I recommend that, once you’ve created some photos, email them to the President with a message:

Dear President Obama,

You’ve created a multi-generational multi-trillion dollar deficit. Let me help you save money by donating the attached photos of Air Force One in my neighborhood, so that you don’t have to spend more of our tax dollars on PR photo shoots.

All you have to do open a photo editing program (such as PhotoShop), grab a scenic photo, and use the handy “Scare Force One” image provided by the newspaper. Voila! Instant publicity shots for White House tchotchkes. It’s so easy, even I could do it.

You can create nature photos:


Family leisure photos:


Vacation memories–yes, that’s Scare Force One way up in Alaska!



Create new “Scare Force One” photos of your own and send them to President Obama. Let him know you’re none too pleased with the “felony stupidity” and expense of the “Scare Force One” fly-over stunt that he pulled on Tuesday.