You know it was our original intention to do a filmed documentary of Air Force One and sell it to one of the cable stations. When we finally started to take the airplane apart the crew was kind of reluctant to let us see what they were doing, I guess from fear that we might photograph something they were doing wrong. It’s funny though, how used to a camera people can become when it’s with you all day long.
This group of men was something else. I think I might have told you that, at first glance, they didn’t look like the kind of people you would want your daughters to go out with, you know, hard looking tattooed guy’s who went about their work with hardly any pleasantries toward outsiders.
They were however terrific engineers. A good deal of their work was done on airplanes all over the world that needed to be taken apart because of crash landings of one sort or another, you know, like planes over shooting runways, wheels not opening and having to land on their belly’s etc. They had to do their work in all kinds of weather and in real difficult situations. They reminded me of the kind of men that had to go in and put out oil fires, nothing seem to scare them… except a camera.
But as time went on they began to trust us, the two camera men, myself and Michael became friends with them. Real friends. We liked each other. In fact, if there was something that was going to happen that we weren’t aware of they would call our attention to it so that we wouldn’t miss the shot.
Often they would asked us to help them, simple things like communication between the men working in the front of the plane to the men at the back. There were times when they came to us and asked us if we could run some footage on something they had been working on so they could remember how it looked when it came off.
Thanks to them, we have hundreds of hours of video tape; time lapse images, and still photos of people doing their work in a perfectly natural way in a perfectly unnatural set of circumstances.
Thanks to them, we were able to complete our book, Air Force One: The Final Mission, which has now gone into its second printing, and is being sold in the digital world by Amazon Kindle Direct, Barnes and Noble PubIt, and Smashwords as well as other outlets. If you want to know more about the project go to our website www.airforceonethefinalmission.com or http://www.joel-michael-cohen.com and you can get to know us a little better.
Hopefully, soon we will be able to tell you that we are going into a studio to edit our tapes and all the other images we have, because there is a broadcaster that wants to help us to complete our project. As for those guys that got this job done. . . if I had daughters, I would surely let them date them; and the work they did on Air Force One, deserves to be seen.