Publicity "stunt" is probably the best way to describe today's fly-over of New York City landmarks by a presidential Boeing 747, going under the name "Venus 1" with air traffic controllers working the area. An F-16 accompanied the aircraft, one of two used in the presidential fleet.
My nephew, who works in Manhattan, described the scene in an email to me this morning:
"..It looked like the plane was going to fly right into our building until it made a steep banked turn past the Statue of Liberty. It seems like the FAA or some agency probably should have warned people about this one considering it was so close to where 9/11 happened..."
Videos of the event are now turning up on YouTube... Turn the volume way down as there's something funky going on with the sound.