A random photo essay this time, instead of a single picture. Popular Mechanics has a nice feature called "A Visual History of Air Force One," from a somehow amusing picture of Teddy Roosevelt in a Wright Flyer to President Obama boarding a sleek jet. Pleasant and interesting, and it serves as sort of a summary of what I was talking about the other day when I mentioned our swift progress from Kitty Hawk onward. Might be of interest to you if you like airplanes, politics, history, or all three.
"Air Force One" is not a single aircraft—it's the designation for any plane on which a sitting President of the United States happens to be flying. The designation came about in 1953 when Air Force 8610, with President Dwight D. Eisenhower aboard, coincidentally shared airspace for a while with Eastern Airlines 8610, a commercial flight. The designation Air Force One was devised to prevent such confusion in the future.
Air Force One is better than the nickname for an earlier Presidential aircraft, which was "The Sacred Cow."
Coolest of all the Presidential planes was undoubtedly Harry Truman's "Independence," which was painted to resemble a giant bald eagle! Rad.
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