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  U. S. Presidents and their Airborne Chariots    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
What do you know about the President of the United States air travel and transportation? Probably more than you think. After you complete this quiz, you'll know more. Enjoy.
Average, 20 Qns, AirBossJohnson, May 04 18
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AirBossJohnson
May 04 18
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  Camp David: U.S. Presidential Retreat   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
For many years Camp David has served as a haven for U.S. presidents. The secluded facility allows those who serve as America's leader to find a sense of normalcy out of the spotlight of the media and public. I hope you enjoy your "visit".
Tough, 10 Qns, Bigwoo, Nov 28 07
Tough
Bigwoo gold member
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  History of Air Force One    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a short quiz about some historical and trivial history of "The Flying White House". Put on your thinking caps and this shouldn't be very hard.
Average, 10 Qns, DieHard, Jul 26 19
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DieHard
Jul 26 19
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  All About Camp David    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How much do you know about the Presidential Retreat - Camp David. (Note: all information provided is public knowledge)
Tough, 10 Qns, A-10, Nov 20 09
Tough
A-10
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  Hail To The Sheaves; Presidential Libraries    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Presidential libraries have become a popular way for former presidents to present a 'positive' image of their time in office. More than a 'typical' library, they contain historical artifacts, unusual gifts, and other memorabilia.
Difficult, 10 Qns, lompocjoe, Jul 19 10
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trivia question Quick Question
During which presidential administration did the presidential aircraft become widely known by its officially designated radio call sign?

From Quiz "U. S. Presidents and their Airborne Chariots"





Air Force One Trivia Questions

1. What is the official tile of Camp David?

From Quiz
All About Camp David

Answer: Naval Support Facility, Thurmont, Maryland

Camp David is a small Naval facility located within Catoctin Mountain Park, Maryland.

2. Richard Nixon wanted the authority to do something with his official papers and audio tapes. Because of this, the Federal Records Act of 1978 was enacted. What did he want to do?

From Quiz Hail To The Sheaves; Presidential Libraries

Answer: If he didn't like them, he could burn them

The Federal Records Act placed all presidential papers and non-print materials under the control of the government. Individual presidents could suggest that some documents receive more attention than others or be kept out of the public domain for a certain number of years, but once out of office, presidents no longer officially control their papers.

3. Which U.S. President created the retreat known as Camp David?

From Quiz Camp David: U.S. Presidential Retreat

Answer: Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Roosevelt's doctors wanted him to find a place close to the capital where he could find relief from the Washington heat and humidity. The Secret Service sought a place that was more secure than the yacht FDR was using for his short "getaways". In April of 1942, FDR went on a secret visit to the site of what would become Camp David. The place was within a 100 miles of Washington DC and was at a high enough elevation that would be less humid and cooler than the capital city.

4. When the President of the United States flies on the Air Force jet specifically designed for his use, what is the radio call sign designation for that aircraft?

From Quiz U. S. Presidents and their Airborne Chariots

Answer: Air Force One

The presidential aircraft, like all aircraft at the time, was identified by the aircraft tail number. In 1953, a brief moment of confusion occurred when the Washington D.C Air Traffic Control Center issued instruction Air Force 8610 (the presidential aircraft) and another aircraft with a similar tail number (Eastern Airline 8610) thought the instructions were for their aircraft, after both aircraft accidentally entered the same air space. While this incident did not cause a real problem, it was later decided that any US Air Force plane that carried the President of the United States would have the radio call sign designation of 'Air Force One'.

5. Who was the first President to fly while in office?

From Quiz History of Air Force One

Answer: 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.

6. Who/what was Camp David named after?

From Quiz All About Camp David

Answer: President Eisenhower's grandson, David

President Eisenhower changed the name from Shangra-La, which was the name President Roosevelt gave it, to Camp David in honor of his grandson.

7. In what state is Camp David located?

From Quiz Camp David: U.S. Presidential Retreat

Answer: Maryland

The retreat is located in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains. The camp selected had six cabins, a swimming pool and recreation hall already constructed. It was a two hour drive from Washington, D.C. The president selected one of the lodges as the presidential lodge and immediately began renovations including adding bedrooms, baths and a hinged wall that would allow the wheelchair bound FDR to quickly escape in the case of a fire.

8. What branch of the US Military provides helicopter transportation for the President?

From Quiz U. S. Presidents and their Airborne Chariots

Answer: US Marine Corps

The Marine Helicopter Squadron One, "HMX-1" was established in December, 1947. HMX-1 provides all helicopter transportation for the President both overseas and within the Continental United States. In addition, HMX-1 provides helicopter transportation for the Vice President, members of the Presidential Cabinet, and foreign dignitaries as directed by the White House Military Office. 'Marine One' is the radio call sign used when the President is on board one of the HMX-1 Marine Helicopters. The primary presidential helicopter is the Sikorsky VH-3D (Sea King)

9. Boeing began providing jet aircraft to be used as Air Force One under which President?

From Quiz History of Air Force One

Answer: 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.

10. Who constructed Camp David?

From Quiz All About Camp David

Answer: Work Projects Administration

The Work Projects Administration, WPA, built the Catoctin Recreational Demonstration Area Project near Thurmont, Maryland.

11. Which president stated that his papers were a "species of public property; sacred in my hands"?

From Quiz Hail To The Sheaves; Presidential Libraries

Answer: George Washington

Even though he believed his documents to be 'public property', Washington still intended to exercise control over them. He planned to house them at Mt. Vernon, but died before a suitable storage place could be constructed.

12. What was the original name of the new presidential retreat now called Camp David?

From Quiz Camp David: U.S. Presidential Retreat

Answer: Shangri-la

Reportedly when FDR first arrived at the site he referred to the area as "Shangri-la" which was a reference to a fictional mountain kingdom found in the James Hilton novel "Lost Horizon".

13. Who came up with the idea of having a special plane designated solely for flying the President?

From Quiz History of Air Force One

Answer: 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.

14. Who provides the security for Camp David?

From Quiz All About Camp David

Answer: Marine Security Company, Marine Barracks, 8th & "I"

Marines from Marine Barracks, 8th & "I", Washington. DC are assigned to security duty at Camp David after receiving the appropriate security clearance, a lengthy interview process, and specialized security training.

15. For who was Camp David named?

From Quiz Camp David: U.S. Presidential Retreat

Answer: President Eisenhower's grandson

Ike thought about closing Shangri-la as part of his policy to reduce presidential perks. However, four months after his inauguration Ike visited the retreat and liking what he saw decide to leave it open. He led a major remodeling project, financed by the U.S. Navy, and renamed the camp "Camp David" in honor of his grandson. Some of the improvements included the addition of a motion picture projection booth, a three hole golf course and the construction of a bomb shelter. Ike was also the first president to travel to the camp by helicopter, shortening the journey from two hours to thirty minutes.

16. When flying outside the borders of the United States of America, which countries have been given official clearance to provide honorary or ceremonial jet fighter escort for the US Presidential Jet?

From Quiz U. S. Presidents and their Airborne Chariots

Answer: No foreign nation

To avoid the slightest possibility of a mid air collision with a foreign jet fighter, Air Force One will always politely decline any offers for an honorary military escort from any foreign government.

17. Who is the only President to receive the oath of office aboard an aircraft?

From Quiz History of Air Force One

Answer: Lyndon Johnson

Johnson took the oath of office aboard an aircraft (which then became 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.

18. Who was the first president to utilize Camp David as a presidential retreat?

From Quiz All About Camp David

Answer: Franklin Roosevelt

Originally a camp for government workers, Camp David was converted for use as a presidential retreat by President Roosevelt in 1942 and renamed Shangri-La.

19. One day before his death on November 18, 1886, Chester Alan Arthur asked his son to do something with his presidential papers. What was his request?

From Quiz Hail To The Sheaves; Presidential Libraries

Answer: Destroy them

Fortunately, Arthur's son did not entirely carry out his father's instructions. Many years later, Arthur's grandson discovered some of the president's documents in an old file cabinet. An official Chester A. Arthur Library has not been established and many Arthur documents have been purchased at public auctions.

20. What U.S. President installed microphones at Camp David in order to secretly record conversations?

From Quiz Camp David: U.S. Presidential Retreat

Answer: Richard Nixon

Nixon, known for his paranoia, installed the microphones in the spring of 1972. They were hidden in his Camp David study. A year earlier he installed similar recording equipment at the White House. The microphones were removed in 1973 shortly after Nixon aide Alexander Butterfield revealed their existence to a Senate Watergate Committee. During his administration Nixon spent more time at Camp David than any other previous president. While president, he added a two lane bowling alley to Camp David as well as a new heated swimming pool.

21. 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?

From Quiz History of Air Force One

Answer: 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.

22. What are most of the buildings at Camp David named after?

From Quiz All About Camp David

Answer: Trees

In keeping with the geography of the heavily wooded Catoctin Mountain Park, all of the guest cottages and most of the support buildings are named after trees, including Aspen, the Presidential Lodge.

23. What happens to the papers of a vice-president?

From Quiz Hail To The Sheaves; Presidential Libraries

Answer: If he wants to, he may donate them to the collection of the president under whom he served

Vice-presidential papers must still be maintained under congressional mandate, but the vice-president has the option of giving them to a presidential library or to an institution of his/her choosing.

24. What are the "Camp David Accords"?

From Quiz Camp David: U.S. Presidential Retreat

Answer: An agreement that led to the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter persuaded Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to meet at Camp David for talks. After almost two weeks of intense negotiations, the two men reached an accord that led to the signing of a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt in 1979 and to the two men being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The fact that these accords were reached at Camp David is ironic because Carter thought the facilities were a waste of tax payers' money, but it became the site of his greatest presidential victory.

25. When the presidential jet plane flies without the President on board, what is its official radio call sign designation?

From Quiz U. S. Presidents and their Airborne Chariots

Answer: Aircraft is known by its tail number

When the presidential aircraft flies without the chief executive on board, the aircraft's official radio call sign designation is SAM (Special Air Mission) and the aircraft's tail number. i.e. - SAM 28000

26. Who flew to West Germany on Air Force One to greet the newly released embassy hostages from Iran in 1981?

From Quiz History of Air Force One

Answer: 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.

27. Which two Middle East leaders participated in the Camp David Accords?

From Quiz All About Camp David

Answer: Anwar al-Sadat and Menachem Begin

The Camp David Accords were twelve days of secret negotiations at Camp David by President Jimmy Carter that resulted in the 1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty.

28. In 1986, the Presidential Libraries Act was enacted, making Congress responsible for the construction and maintenance of presidential libraries. What are two other ways presidential libraries may receive financial support?

From Quiz Hail To The Sheaves; Presidential Libraries

Answer: Endowments and private donations

The first presidential library cost the government a little over $16,000 to build and maintain. As costs dramatically increased (the cost of building Bill Clinton's library in 2004 was $165 million) the government permitted library officials to accept donations of any amount and from any source. A bill (HR 36, 2009) was drafted to remove some of the questionable aspects of this financial support such as unlimited amounts on donations and funding from foreign countries.

29. Who was the first foreign leader to visit Camp David?

From Quiz Camp David: U.S. Presidential Retreat

Answer: Winston Churchill

In 1943, after meetings at the White House, FDR and Churchill went to Camp David to relax as they continued to plan the Normandy Invasion. The two leaders fished for trout, and enjoyed cigars on the veranda as they discussed the future of postwar Europe and other important topics. Many world leaders have been guests at Camp David since Churchill's visit.

30. What is the maximum flight range of the presidential aircraft?

From Quiz U. S. Presidents and their Airborne Chariots

Answer: virtually unlimited

The aircraft can travel 7,800 miles before refueling is necessary. The presidential aircraft is modified for aerial refueling, making its flight range virtually unlimited.

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