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Fifty Years Ago Today, August 9, 1969

Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:29 pm

I'm guessing that this the proper forum for this...50 years ago, President Nixon arrived at Orange County Airport (now John Wayne, KSNA), hopped in a helicopter and flew to San Clemente, the 'Western White House'. To my knowledge, this was the only VC137 (707) to ever land there. A few year's later, an L1011 landed there for publicity but that was a touch and go. Noise measurements, I'm guessing. Nixon usually landed at El Toro MCAS.

I missed it as we were starting a family vacation that morning. My consolation prize was getting to sit in the left seat of a UA B720 at a stopover later that day. I was fourteen.

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