This article is from the archive of our partner President John Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline disembark from the Air Force One jet liner 31 May 1961 at Paris Orly airport prior their official visit to France. (National Journal)
The Air Force
announced it will upgrade the current presidential fleet to Boeing's 747-8 model. Here's a look back at Air Force One over the years.
new model is not only expected to fly faster and longer, but new technology could allow the plane to withstand a nuclear explosion and evade heat-seeking missiles. The project is expected to cost roughly $3 billion in total and wouldn't be complete until 2023. 30th October 1970: American President Richard Nixon and his wife Pat wave as they step off the Air Force One presidential aircraft after landing at Heathrow Airport, London, for a one-day visit to Britain. (National Journal) President Ronald Reagan throws a football toward the press 11 January 1988 as he boards Air Force One to return to Washington DC. (National Journal) US President Bill Clinton waves from the top of the stairs of Air Force One during a snow storm in Denver, Colorado, 20 September. President Clinton's departure from Denver en route to San Francisco was delayed for plane deicing. (National Journal) Air Force One rear galley late 11 June shortly after the special edition Boeing 747 hit a severe spot of turbulence 33,000 feet (some 9,900 m) over Texas on a late night flight from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Charleston, South Carolina. Meals were being served at the time and as passengers were jolted out of seats, red chile cheese enchiladas, baby tamales, and beans with rice, splattered about breaking lots of glass. There were no serious injuries reported. (National Journal) President Bill Clinton (L) and Federal Emergency Management Administration Director James Lee Witt (2nd-L) meet 22 April with a delegation from North and South Dakota aboard Air Force One on the way to Grand Forks Air Force Base. (National Journal) US President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush relax on Air Force One, No. 27000, just prior to their arrival in Waco, TX, 29 August 2001. Bush is the seventh and last President to fly on the Boeing C-137C, which was put into service in 1972, flew 444 missions and more than one million miles. (National Journal) US Secret Service and Military Police go on high alert and double up security checks for all passengers boarding Air Force One on September 11th, 2001 as President George W. Bush departs Sarasota, Florida, following a series of terrorist attacks. (National Journal) With Air Force One as a backdrop, US President George W. Bush (C) listens to the US National Anthem joined by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Borisovich Khristenko during an arrival ceremony at Vnukovo II Airport 23 May, 2002 in Moscow Russia. (National Journal) The fuselage of Air Force One, the Boeing 707 jet that served as transport for U.S. presidents for 28 years, is trucked from San Bernardino Airport, where it was disassembled to make the 100-mile trip, to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on June 21, 2003 in Simi Valley, California. (National Journal) Air Force One takes off with US President Geore W. Bush aboard after attending the NASCAR Nextel Cup Daytona 500 on February 15, 2004 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (National Journal) President George W. Bush looks out the window of Air Force One 31 August, 2005, as he flies over New Orleans, Louisiana, surveying the damage left by Hurricane Katrina. (National Journal) President Barack Obama wears a AF1 jacket on his first flight aboard Air Force One on February 5, 2009. (National Journal) President Barack Obama's Staff aboard Air Force One during the flight from Istanbul, Turkey to Baghdad, Iraq on April 7, 2009. (National Journal) US First Family dog Bo waits to board the the Air Force One in Cape Cod on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 30, 2009 (National Journal) President Barack Obama travels aboard Air Force One en route to Afghanistan, March 27, 2010 (National Journal) A view inside the cockpit as Air Force One makes its final approach to Pittsburgh, Penn., Jan. 29, 2014 (National Journal) President Barack Obama works at his computer aboard Air Force One during the flight to Toluca, Mexico, Feb. 19, 2014 (National Journal) Air Force One sits on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, July 23, 2009 (National Journal)
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