Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Air Force One
|Which man started a flight on Air Force One as President, and landed several hours later as a private citizen?||History of Air Force One
Richard Nixon. Nixon's resignation was not official until he was halfway home on his final flight. The plane left Washington as Air Force One but landed in San Clemente as SAM 27000.
|Air Force One was used by Henry Kissinger to engage in secret meetings with the President of North Vietnam during the Nixon administration. Kissinger referred to these meetings as what?||History of Air Force One
shuttle diplomacy. Kissinger would show up at a Washington function with a beautiful woman on his arm, make an appearance, and shortly leave. Everyone thought he was quite a ladies man but he would take the woman home, hop aboard Air Force One, and fly across the Atlantic to meet with the President of North Vietnam. He would return to Washington on Monday all bleary-eyed and everyone had thought it was the result of an amorous weekend.
Dwight D. Eisenhower. While Ike felt at home in the air, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower did not like to fly and often was frightened by the specter of stormy weather. Eisenhower nicknamed his presidential planes Columbine II and Columbine III after the state flower of Colorado.
|Who flew to West Germany on Air Force One to greet the newly released embassy hostages from Iran in 1981?||History of Air Force One
Jimmy Carter. The hostages were released on January 20, 1981, moments after Ronald Reagan takes the oath of office for the first time. President Reagan asked Jimmy Carter to fly to Germany on Air Force One to greet the hostages and welcome them home. Carter greets the hostages on January 21, 1981. This was a magnanimous gesture on the part of Reagan to honor Carter for his hard work in securing the hostages' release.
|When Truman received his new plane, a Douglas VC-116/DC-6, he nicknamed it after his hometown. What was the nickname of this presidential plane?||History of Air Force One
The Independence. Named after Truman's hometown of Independence, Missouri. While Roosevelt was the first President to fly while in office, Truman was the President that established the routine use of a presidential plane for official travel.
Lyndon Johnson. Johnson took the oath of office aboard Air Force One on its somber trip from Dallas to Andrews Air Force base with the slain body of John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy on board.
the Army Air Corp. Shortly after Roosevelt's flight to Casablanca, Army Air Corps brass came up with the idea of customizing a plane for presidential travel. The first choice was a C-87A Liberator Express that they nicknamed "Guess Where II". However, Roosevelt never flew on this plane. It was shortly replaced by a customized Douglas C-54C/DC4 nicknamed the "Sacred Cow". This plane also served Truman for a time.
John F. Kennedy. The first jet used for presidential travel was a SAM 26000 Boeing VC-137C Intercontinental 707. This is the plane that took Kennedy on his famous trip to Berlin and carried his body back from Dallas.
Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1943, Roosevelt traveled on a Pan Am transoceanic Clipper from Miami to Casablanca for a meeting with Winston Churchill. This was the first time an American President had traveled on a plane while in office. Roosevelt was listed on the passenger manifest as Mr. Jones. In 1943, that transoceanic flight took 3 days.