FFMilesJunkie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 897 times:
Air Force One is the US Air Force call sign of any plane carrying the President. It happens to be a 747 most of the time, but it could be any airplane he is on. The helicopter that he flies is called Marine One, since it is flown by the US Marines.
It makes no difference who the president is, Air Force One will remain the call sign (also, no plans to replace the current 747)
When President Richard Nixon resigned from office, he flew Air Force One back to his home in California. Half way through the flight, President Gerald Ford was sworn into office, meaning that Nixon was no longer President. At that point in the flight, the pilots had to change the call sign of the plane to another sign other than Air Force One.
TEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 881 times:
I have a question regarding Air Force One, if it's basically a modified 747-200 with air refueling capability, GE CF6-80 series engines and internal 400 series systems, why doesn't it have the winglets from the 400 model?
Delta777-XXX From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1017 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 853 times:
Because the winglets really don't do anything for the 747-400. I can't remember who, but some airline took them off of one plane, and didn't notice even the slightest difference. Boeing offered to take them off all of the planes, but they decided to keep them.
Critter592 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 837 times:
Ok, The VC-137 that Nixon was on during the Flight changed from Air Force One to SAM 27000 which was the tail number. It happened over Missouri
Air Force Ones Flight Deck is a 747-200 Flight Deck. My Friends Uncle was a pilot for Air Force One before Retiring from the 747 Last year, I should know that there is a 747-200 Flight Deck. Not a 747-400. Forget what the movies tell you. I have seen Interior Shots of Air Force One Flight Deck. I am not trying to be rude but when people try and say stuff like it has a -400 cockpit when it really does not, just shows pure stupidity.
N766AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 814 times:
The Air Force spent something like $1 billion on two VC-25A presidential aircraft in the late '80s. And look how long they kept the VC-137s in service- I don't think they have any plans to buy new presidential aircraft to replace the VC-25A anytime soon...