by Pejman Yousefzadeh on April 28, 2009

Seriously. Brilliant:

A jumbo jetliner that serves as Air Force One, escorted by a military jet, flew over Lower Manhattan Monday morning, frightening office workers and causing evacuations in what turned out to be a publicity operation approved by a unit of the U.S. Air Force.

Louis Caldera, Director of the White House Military Office, took responsibility for the incident, saying he approved the “mission” last week. “Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for that decision,” he said, “While federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey, it’s clear that the mission created confusion and disruption. I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused.”

He provided no details on the purpose of the flight.

You have to love what was being planned for an encore:

The White House canceled a planned a second photo shoot of a jumbo jet used as Air Force One in Washington D.C. next month, according to an administration official.

Was it supposed to fly near the Pentagon, perhaps?

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