Plane with first lady came too close to cargo jet

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    Hardly what is termed a "near miss"
     
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    You'd think so, but when you consider the closing speeds it's a whole other ballgame. The landing speed of a C-17 is what, 150mph? higher? At that rate you can cover 3 miles in a hurry.
     
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    I think that the 737 was next in line to land and following the C17. The aircraft were not closing in but following each other with 3 miles separation instead of the required five miles.
     
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    Exactly so based on the reports I have read. Anybody who has encountered wake turbulence as a pilot tends to be fairly anxious about those separation distances, unless there is a significant crosswind to blow the the wake out of the way. A 737 behind a slow moving C17 certainly qualifies.

    While the C17 was in flight testing at LGB I was based there and followed one in to land. I was in a C525 (CitationJet) and had some significant control problems. Of course the C17 was doing low speed landing, making the wake worse, and my C525 had a MGW of 10,500lb, hardly a gnat for a 737. Still, that should not happen, especially following a C-17 that gets very, very dirty when slow.
     
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    I still fail to see how this is news. No one reports when a motorcade gets slowed by an accident up ahead and has to make an change to its route. The version of the story I read pointed out several times that (1) there was never any risk of danger, (2) this kind of thing happens all the time, and (3) there are pre-designed plans for a go-around precisely because of #2. If nothing happened, then why are the news agencies talking about it, which only excites and disturbs the general public?

    More upgrades for the rest of us, I suppose.:rolleyes:
     
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    This is about as non-news-news as it gets. Way to go mainstream media for sensationalizing another ordinary aviation event.
     
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    Absolutely CRAZY blown out of proportions. There are only 2 reasons this story still has "legs" in the media. 1) It was the First Lady. 2) With all the ATC stories out there of controllers falling asleep...might as well add this onto the pile.
     
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    That was also my wife's comment.
     
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