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Air Force 1, Boeing 707 Interior  
User currently offlineBlurpy From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 22268 times:

Are there any picture anywhere of the interior of the AF1 B707? I searched the web & could only find about the current AF1. Just curious what it looked like inside since it was older & and had much less space and im sure didnt have all the technologies & ammenities of the current AF1. Im sure the Presidents of that era flew in style anyway.
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User currently offlineBOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1995 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 22265 times:

There aren't any pictures. The inside of the plane is highly classified. I would like to know what is on it however.


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User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2442 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 22239 times:



Quoting BOStonsox (Reply 1):
There aren't any pictures. The inside of the plane is highly classified. I would like to know what is on it however.

On the National Geographic Documentary on Air Force One, they showed clips of the inside of the 707 version of Air Force One, so I don't think its "that classified", however like the current one, I am sure there are some parts that we didn't see.....



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User currently offlineChapavaeaa From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 22233 times:

If I recall correctly the Reagan library has a book or two, as well as some DVD's of the aircraft. If you get a chance to visit the library you can actually walk through it. I think you can walk through the one at the Boeing museum in Seattle as well.

To be honest, I've been in a BBJ....and it's much nicer and more comfortable....but the Presidential seal on the exterior and the paint job just makes up for any age in the interior.


User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 22220 times:

Quoting BOStonsox (Reply 1):
There aren't any pictures. The inside of the plane is highly classified. I would like to know what is on it however.

LoL.... No it's not... it is though very basic. There are in fact several interior photos in the A.net Photo Data base

[Edited 2009-03-25 19:27:14]


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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21582 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 22208 times:

It's not that classified. I've been in it. And I don't have clearance. Just visit Dayton Ohio.

http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/exhibits/presidential/index.asp

Or now, The Reagan Library in Simi Valley California.

http://www.reaganlibrary.com/airforceone/



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User currently offlinePlateMan From United States of America, joined May 2007, 923 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 22182 times:

Not sure if this is Boeing 707, but Air Force One from the Carter/Kennedy days is open for the public at Boeing Field in Seattle.

This was one of the jets that Carter had painted to make it more 'diplomatic'

Was really amazing, hope these pictures are of help to you. -Brian

Planes Air Force reg:


Conference Table inside the beauty:


President's Desk:


Kennedy's Toilet:


Private Restroom


Press section in the back of the jet:


The plane:


Another shot:



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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 22138 times:

Quoting PlateMan (Reply 6):
This was one of the jets that Carter had painted to make it more 'diplomatic'

The paint job was commisioned by Jackie Kennedy and done during the Kennedy administration.... not Carter. That is also not one of the 'Air Force One' planes. Just a basic VC-137 used for high level transportation. The two VC-135's used for 'Air Force One' carried the tail number 26000 and 27000.

[Edited 2009-03-25 19:45:53]


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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21582 posts, RR: 59
Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 22120 times:



Quoting PlateMan (Reply 6):
Not sure if this is Boeing 707, but Air Force One from the Carter/Kennedy days is open for the public at Boeing Field in Seattle.

SAM 26000 is in Dayton.

SAM 27000 is in Simi Valley.

This is SAM 970, the 1959-1962 model VC-137. After 1962, it was the backup AF1 and otherwise served as a VIP and vice-presidential transport through 1996.



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User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8508 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 22061 times:



Quoting BOStonsox (Reply 1):
There aren't any pictures. The inside of the plane is highly classified.

lol, funny. I've walked through 26000 at Dayton and it's interesting how drab the interior is and how it's not a walkthrough for overweight people due to the plexiglass walls.


User currently offlineMrSkyGuy From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 1214 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 22052 times:

I live within 5 minutes of the Simi Valley AF1, SAM 27000, and have visited its interiors many many times. Yes, security is tight and no, photos are not usually permitted (I have personally witnessed cameras taken away). The interior of SAM 27000 is immaculate, and the routing of standard HVAC into the aircraft's existing HVAC ductingg almost gives the impression of the air packs being activated, with the aircraft preparing for flight.

It's a fantastic display of any aircraft, let alone a 707 with such a rich and very public history.



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User currently offlineCAL764 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 22013 times:

Oh the Pima Air and Space museum in Arizona has one...I have the picture on my refrigerator!!


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User currently offlineKtrick45 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 22005 times:

No restrictions on photos of SAM 26000 at NMUSAF, except that the lighting and the Plexiglas make getting a good one difficult. What MD-90 said is true. It's not a good walkthrough if you're overweight.

User currently offlinePnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2296 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 21987 times:

The seat in the President's desk is interesting. That is the one that Johnson used. His seat was height adjustable so that he could seat higher than anyone else sitting across from him at the desk. After it was no longer used by the President it still was historic. Kissinger used it for his trip to China.

User currently offlinePlateMan From United States of America, joined May 2007, 923 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 21962 times:

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 7):
The paint job was commisioned by Jackie Kennedy and done during the Kennedy administration.... not Carter. That is also not one of the 'Air Force One' planes. Just a basic VC-137 used for high level transportation.



Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 8):
This is SAM 970, the 1959-1962 model VC-137. After 1962, it was the backup AF1 and otherwise served as a VIP and vice-presidential transport through 1996.


My bad on the mis id...I was excited to see a plane in those colors. The Boeing Museum has it labeled as Air Force One, so that is what I was working on.

Thanks for the correction and hope the pictures are interesting anyway as to show inside a backup AF1 and VIP transport in the former years.

From the Boeing Museum site:
http://www.museumofflight.org/air-force-one
The first B707 bulit for presidential transport

[Edited 2009-03-25 20:25:07]

[Edited 2009-03-25 20:25:27]


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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8956 posts, RR: 60
Reply 15, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 21906 times:
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Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 8):
SAM 26000 is in Dayton.

Here are some shots of her:

http://www.jasonmcdowell.net/photos/355131828_zXhgj-L.jpg

http://www.jasonmcdowell.net/photos/355131816_26crU-L.jpg

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http://www.jasonmcdowell.net/photos/355131913_Jd5JK-L.jpg

http://www.jasonmcdowell.net/photos/355131763_8DiDV-L.jpg

http://www.jasonmcdowell.net/photos/355131774_RPBYw-L.jpg


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26005 posts, RR: 22
Reply 16, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 21851 times:



Quoting EMBQA (Reply 7):
The two VC-135's used for 'Air Force One' carried the tail number 26000 and 27000.

No, 26000 and 27000 are VC-137Cs, based on the 707-320B, not VC-135s. VC-135 was a variant of the C-135, the cargo version of the KC-135 tanker and not considered a 707. Photos of 26000 and 27000 below:


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Prior to acquiring the two VC-137Cs in 1961 and 1972, the USAF purchased 3 VC-137As in 1959, based on the original 707-120. Like many other early 707-120s, they were later re-engined with JT3D turbofans and became VC-137Bs. Photos of those 3 aircraft below:


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Two used ex-airline 707s, a -320B (ex-TAP) and a -320C (originally delivered to Wardair in Canada), were acquired in the 1980s and converted to C-137C VIP configuration. The ex-Wardair aircraft was seized from a subsequent operator who had been using it in a drug-smuggling operation. It was later converted to an E-8 J-STARS aircraft. Photos of those aircraft below while part of the VIP fleet below, and the 1st one in it's current J-STARS configuration:


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User currently offlineRIX From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1787 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 21809 times:



Quoting EMBQA (Reply 7):
That is also not one of the 'Air Force One' planes. Just a basic VC-137 used for high level transportation.

- hmmm... From the link from reply 14: "The first presidential jet plane, a specially built Boeing 707-120, is known as SAM (Special Air Missions) 970. This aircraft, as well as any other Air Force aircraft, carried the call sign Air Force One when the president was aboard... SAM 970 has carried presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon... In 1962, SAM 970 was replaced by a newer Boeing VC-137C."

I don't know in which possible very strict meaning of word it is still not a "true Air Force One plane" but "just a basic something else" if the airplane was carrying presidents and had call sign Air Force One.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26005 posts, RR: 22
Reply 18, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 21766 times:



Quoting RIX (Reply 17):
I don't know in which possible very strict meaning of word it is still not a "true Air Force One plane" but "just a basic something else" if the airplane was carrying presidents and had call sign Air Force One.

I expect the point being made is that the 3 early VC-137A aircraft (later VC-137B) weren't acquired specifically for Presidential use but as general VIP transports, although they were of course used as Air Force One prior to delivery of 26000 in 1962, when they became backup aircraft.


User currently onlineVenus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1445 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 21622 times:



Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 16):


Quoting EMBQA (Reply 7):
The two VC-135's used for 'Air Force One' carried the tail number 26000 and 27000.

No, 26000 and 27000 are VC-137Cs, based on the 707-320B, not VC-135s. VC-135 was a variant of the C-135, the cargo version of the KC-135 tanker and not considered a 707. Photos of 26000 and 27000 below:


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Photo © Ralf ManteufelView Large View Medium

Photo © Ralf Manteufel



Prior to acquiring the two VC-137Cs in 1961 and 1972, the USAF purchased 3 VC-137As in 1959, based on the original 707-120. Like many other early 707-120s, they were later re-engined with JT3D turbofans and became VC-137Bs. Photos of those 3 aircraft below:


View Large View Medium

Photo © Fergal GoodmanView Large View Medium

Photo © Pedro Aragão




View Large View Medium

Photo © Fergal Goodman



Two used ex-airline 707s, a -320B (ex-TAP) and a -320C (originally delivered to Wardair in Canada), were acquired in the 1980s and converted to C-137C VIP configuration. The ex-Wardair aircraft was seized from a subsequent operator who had been using it in a drug-smuggling operation. It was later converted to an E-8 J-STARS aircraft. Photos of those aircraft below while part of the VIP fleet below, and the 1st one in it's current J-STARS configuration:


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Photo © Gerard HelmerView Large View Medium

Photo © DSAvit




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Photo © Melvin Jansen



Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 18):


Quoting RIX (Reply 17):
I don't know in which possible very strict meaning of word it is still not a "true Air Force One plane" but "just a basic something else" if the airplane was carrying presidents and had call sign Air Force One.
I expect the point being made is that the 3 early VC-137A aircraft (later VC-137B) weren't acquired specifically for Presidential use but as general VIP transports, although they were of course used as Air Force One prior to delivery of 26000 in 1962, when they became backup aircraft.

You Sir are correct, 58-6972 C-137B (B707-153B) and 85-6974 C-137C are now memories when they were both scrapped at Boeing Witchita due to corrision, at one point in my 5 year career at ADW I have worked on all the ADW 89thMAW assigned 707's. It pains me when I see pictures of 58-6971 at Pima not getting any TLC in the museum unlike 26000,27000 and 58-6970. If you look closely in the above posted pics of 6970 in Seattle you look at the pic of the presidents desk , there is a pipe holder near the phone which was installed for avid pipe smoker JFK and in the same pic you see a metal a cup holder under the desk which was installed for then VP George HW Bush becuase they were the same ones on his boat he kept at his place in Maine. In another pic in that same group you see a conferance table right in front of the TV, that tabel had electric motors in it to lower or raise the table height which was installed during the LBJ term. Too bad the guy who took pics of 26000 did not take a pic of aft galley, you would have sean a removalble partition so a coffin can be loaded which was used for JFK in Dallas.



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User currently onlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15833 posts, RR: 27
Reply 20, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 21591 times:



Quoting EMBQA (Reply 7):
The paint job was commisioned by Jackie Kennedy and done during the Kennedy administration.... not Carter.

Correct. She commisioned Raymond Loewy (he designed a lot of stuff including Studebaker cars and some of SkyLab) to come up with a livery for the plane. Previously the plane was in the standard MAC aluminum with high viz orange paint. Also, the titles were changed from "US Air Force" to "United States of America" presumably for diplomatic reasons.



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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3592 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 9 months 23 hours ago) and read 21545 times:
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Quoting EMBQA (Reply 7):
The paint job was commisioned by Jackie Kennedy and done during the Kennedy administration.... not Carter. That is also not one of the 'Air Force One' planes. Just a basic VC-137 used for high level transportation. The two VC-135's used for 'Air Force One' carried the tail number 26000 and 27000.



Quoting BMI727 (Reply 20):
Correct. She commisioned Raymond Loewy (he designed a lot of stuff including Studebaker cars and some of SkyLab) to come up with a livery for the plane. Previously the plane was in the standard MAC aluminum with high viz orange paint. Also, the titles were changed from "US Air Force" to "United States of America" presumably for diplomatic reasons.

You're both wrong. The scheme on 970 is in fact the Carter era "Austerity" scheme, not the Air Force one scheme that was done by Loewy. Note: the white top cockpit on 970. The Loewy scheme has a dark blue bit over the cockpit.



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User currently offlineBlurpy From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 9 months 21 hours ago) and read 21530 times:

Thanks everyone for the super pics & replies! The only pics I have are of a military VIP transport. KC-135E / 57-2589. It was a tanker that was converted to a military VIP transport at some point in its life. The flight deck is large/spacious, large forward galley, middle part of the aircraft is mostly leather seats with a few desks, and the rear of the aircraft is office/sitting area and a bedroom thats now an empty room...I was told it was for the "general" and his wife (the boom operator station was under the bedroom). The interior was done in different shades of blue, kinda dark..but it was nice. It was no Air Force 1, but it was a nice VIP transport.


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User currently offlineJetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1665 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (5 years 9 months 1 hour ago) and read 21411 times:
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Quoting Blurpy (Reply 22):
Thanks everyone for the super pics & replies! The only pics I have are of a military VIP transport. KC-135E / 57-2589. It was a tanker that was converted to a military VIP transport at some point in its life.

I remember reading years ago about these converted KC-135’s. There were no cabin windows on these airplanes except for the small windows in the doors and emergency exits.

They were referred to as the “Tubes” and were not well liked by the passengers because of the lack of cabin windows.

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User currently onlineVenus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1445 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (5 years 8 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 21272 times:



Quoting Jetstar (Reply 23):


Quoting Blurpy (Reply 22):
Thanks everyone for the super pics & replies! The only pics I have are of a military VIP transport. KC-135E / 57-2589. It was a tanker that was converted to a military VIP transport at some point in its life.

I remember reading years ago about these converted KC-135’s. There were no cabin windows on these airplanes except for the small windows in the doors and emergency exits.

They were referred to as the “Tubes” and were not well liked by the passengers because of the lack of cabin windows.

JetStar

There was one C-135 60-0376 that was modded with 3 extra windows in the VIP stateroom that cost the General who ordered that mod his job.



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User currently offlineJetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1665 posts, RR: 10
Reply 25, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 21198 times:
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Quoting MrSkyGuy (Reply 10):
I live within 5 minutes of the Simi Valley AF1, SAM 27000, and have visited its interiors many many times. Yes, security is tight and no, photos are not usually permitted (I have personally witnessed cameras taken away). The interior of SAM 27000 is immaculate, and the routing of standard HVAC into the aircraft's existing HVAC ductingg almost gives the impression of the air packs being activated, with the aircraft preparing for flight.

It's a fantastic display of any aircraft, let alone a 707 with such a rich and very public history.

I toured the Ronald Reagan Library last October and went through 27000, I was amazed how immaculate the airplane was, both inside and outside. One thing I wonder is if the engines are still on the airplane.

By getting up close to the main landing gear, I was able to see how many times some of the tires have were recapped, one had been recapped 6 times, my wife found that bit of information totally useless.

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