Asgeirs From Iceland, joined May 2001, 517 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1503 times:
According to my local newsweb (www.mbl.is) Air Force One has been in use since December 1972. During that period it has made a total of 444 trips and travelled about 1 million miles. In those 29 years it has served 6 presidents (Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton & George W. Bush).
Here is a photo taken today after the last trip (from Waco to San Antonio).
Reykjavik Aviation Photography - Just bring the aircraft to us and we'll photograph them! :-)
Cx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6689 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1423 times:
Saw it in Hong Kong with HKGSpotter1 at Kai Tak years ago on top of a shopping center calling up
"Sam Two seven thousand" Actually I might have also seen it in HKG calling up "PACCOM 01"..or that might have been something else. Can't remember. Oh well.
Skyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1066 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1343 times:
Asgeirs - need to make a little correction for you. 27000 flew for 7 presidents NOT 6 as you mentioned. Your news page forgot Richard Nixon whom you may or may not know was president in 1972 before Gerald Ford.
And yes I had the very good fortune to see the plane up close and personal. That year National(original) had the contract for the White House press corps. As a flight attendant for National, I bid and received many of those charters. Because of them I met a Major who was stationed at Homestead Air Force Base where we would leave from when Mr. Nixon was going back to Andrews after visiting Bebe Rebozzo on Key Biscayne(Miami). On one occasion since Mr. Nixon was running late, the crew was granted a short tour of Air Force One. P.S. Also got to date a really good looking AF Major for a while.