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Air Force One flyover fiasco - private emails compare it to Three Stooges

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Not at all. Mulligan even asked for a souvenir of the flyby.

"Sec Caldera and I have no issues," writes a confident-sounding Mulligan. "Wish I was flying with you (or at least on the ground to see it) . . . it's going to be quite a sight. Score me a 8x10 glossy if you think of it when you get the pics back."

A seemingly excited Turner responded, "You bet -- Boeing has agreed to the cost of the prints; you can wallpaper your new office with 8x10s!"

You can say this for Mulligan, he shouldn't have any problems scoring any photos with the release of 146 of them yesterday.

Unlike the jolly exchange between Mulligan and Turner, at least one person expressed concern about the mission. USAF Maj Gen Brian P. Meenan, wrote, "Odds could be remote but for your SA -- NYC populace can be sensitive to airplanes that appear lower than normal or tracks not normally seen over the NYC area. Influenced by 9/11. Have seen one or two instances of civil aircraft cleared for visual arrivals that triggered inquiries to media and local officials concerning unusual flt activity from folks on the ground."

Apparently his concern was dismissed, however, and the flight commenced that Monday morning.


Shortly after the flight, things got gloomy. One email provided a real-time assessment of how the public was reacting to the mission.

"Web site blog comments 'furious' at best. Twitter search reveals 'tweets' regarding two F-16's chasing commercial airliner. Rate of 1 tweet per minute and growing," it reads.

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