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What's The Callsign Of A President-elect's Plane?  
User currently offlineAnts From New Zealand, joined Feb 2004, 119 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5051 times:

If John Kerry wins the presidency, would his plane have a unique call-sign during the two and a half months he is President-elect? I assume his chartered plane at the moment just uses a normal call-sign? Thanks.

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User currently offlineBoeing7E7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4991 times:

None. He's not the President until he's sworn in.

User currently offlineVimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1538 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4769 times:
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User currently offlineAuae From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 296 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4765 times:

How about ... Air Force - None ... very appropriate considering his views on the military....


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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5553 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4672 times:

If the aircraft were one of the executive fleet from Andrews AFB, it would just bear the standard "Special Air Mission" callsign - "SAM"

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User currently offlineFlyMeToTheMoon From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 242 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4543 times:

Botox One or Ketchup One. No flaming please it is just a joke.

More to the point - No special call sign until he is sworn in. If Air Force One takes off with the outgoing president (who may that be this year?) before the swearing in occurs then the call sign is still AF One. If the swearing in occurs while AF1 is still in flight heading to TX once the new president is sworn in AF1 changed call sign in mid-flight to AF or SAM followed by the reg number. If I remember correctly this occured when Nixon departed for California after his resignation which became effective while he was in flight. The reverse occured with Johnson who was sworn in on AF1. Other thoughts?

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