Since I paid nearly the full cost of this photo on April 15th, I decided to post it. The White House USAF liaison that ordered it and told everyone to keep quiet, scaring the hell out of New Yorkers, has resigned.
Now somebody ELSE in the government brain-trust has decided that it's too much of a hot potato to use the photos at ALL. That decision turns our $350,000 into a "photoshoot to NOWHERE."
Sorry, I want my money's worth and I want the guy who wants to deep six the expensive pictures to RESIGN for stupidity! This was really no worse than what NASA's spent on pictures of astronauts and their Tang, spacewalks, and even THIS planet. Hell I spent WAY more than my taxpayer share of all THAT on my daughter's wedding pictures-- so at least they have a good website!
Fact is, the official AF One pictures have been too soft and sucked. Even THIS picture is soft and too small. I wrote them a few months back suggesting the get some better ones and if they want lessons on how to take beauty shots of military aircraft to go see the NAVY's asskickin site.
Maybe it's time to shut down the AirFarce and give its planes and its mission to the Navy.
Speaking of expensive pictures, here we're fixing to go on a very dangerous mission to fix the Hubble Telescope. Not one Shuttle but TWO.
Nasa's most dangerous shuttle mission ever prepares to blast off to fix Hubble Telescope
By Jacqui Goddard
Last updated at 2:21 AM on 11th May 2009
Nasa is set to dispatch seven astronauts on its most dangerous ever shuttle mission as it attempts to rescue the $7 billion Hubble Space Telescope from meltdown.
Led by former US Navy fighter pilot Scott Altman, 49, a one-time stunt flier for actor Tom Cruise in the film Top Gun, the crew of Atlantis will repair and upgrade the orbiting observatory, risking a potentially deadly space-junk collision that could leave them stranded 350 miles above Earth.
The mission, which is costing Nasa $1.4 billion and is due to blast off from Florida TODAY (Monday), is considered so perilous that it was once cancelled by space agency chiefs who feared that it could cost the astronauts their lives.
Prepare for blast off: Space shuttles Atlantis, left, and Endeavour, right, at the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral