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President Obama left the 747 in Washington for his trip to Baton Rouge

10 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago January 13, 2016 Jan 13, 2016 Wednesday, January 13 2016 January 13, 2016 9:17 PM in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - President Obama landed at Baton Rouge Metro Airport ahead of his estimated time of arrival Wednesday evening.

Air Force One touched down about 7:42. He flew in a smaller airplane than the typical Boeing 747 famously associated with the Air Force One tag.

Instead, he flew from Nebraska to Baton Rouge on a modified Boeing 757. The airplane is more similar to the one used by cabinet members or the Vice President.

It was not immediately clear why a smaller airplane was used. But, a 747 has landed at the airport in Baton Rouge before. Air Force One flew President Bush to Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond, a democrat who represents mostly the New Orleans area but some parts of Baton Rouge, exited the plane with President Obama. On the tarmac, the president was greeted by Gov. John Bel Edwards and Mayor Kip Holden.

Edwards has never met the president before and planned to ride with the president to his hotel.

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