Air Force One In Wilmington

Wilmington, NC – If you had your eye on the Wilmington sky Thursday morning you might have seen Air Force One flying around.

Wilmington International Airport Director Jon Rosborough says ILM is one of three airports in the country where Air Force One visits to practice what's called touch and goes, where the wheels briefly touch the runway then take off again.

Pilots need their practice and the weather, location and length of the runway make ILM ideal for the drill.

Rosborough says Air Force Two, the Vice President's plane, also comes to Wilmington for practice.

Rosborough says the drills he likens to a mini air show last about 20 minutes and never disrupt scheduled flights.