Pentagon Releases More 'Scare Force One' Photos

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2009 5:13 AM CDT
The Boeing VC-25 known as "Air Force One" when the president is on board is accompanied by a fighter jet in this newly released photo.   (Department of Defense)
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(Newser) – The Pentagon has released 145 new photos of the Air Force One flyover that rattled New Yorkers in April, CNN reports. The flight was for a White House photo shoot, but city officials and the public were not informed. The photos show the Boeing plane, the military version of the 747, making a steep bank over the city, an unusual maneuver for a passenger plane and one that panicked thousands of people by sparking memories on 911.

The Pentagon, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, also released emails and documents relating to the incident. The communications reveal plenty of regret and efforts to shift the blame after the fiasco. "Nothing like having everyone point the finger at someone else so we ALL look like a big bunch of buffoons," one official wrote. "Can you say Moe, Larry & Curly!?"