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Air Force One Aircraft


Air Force One isn't a specific plane, it's the air traffic control designation given to any Air Force aircraft with the President of the United States on board. The designation was first used when an Eastern Airlines commercial flight entered the same airspace as a plane carrying President Eisenhower, and both planes had the same call sign. Air Force One has been the designation for the president ever since, but the history of presidents on planes goes back a lot further than that.

Theodore Roosevelt  was the first president to fly in an aircraft. Or ex-president, rather. Roosevelt had already left office by the time he took to the skies in this Wright Flyer B the very first heavier-than-air powered aircraft—on October 11, 1910. Archibald Hoxsey, who worked for the Wright brothers, had the honor of piloting the former president.



The Douglas Dolphin was the first aircraft specifically designated as a transport for the president. One of these amphibious planes was modified for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and designated RD-2 by the U.S. Navy. It remained at the ready from 1933 to 1939, though there is no evidence FDR actually flew in the plane.




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Tower: "Delta 351, you have traffic at 10 o'clock, 6 miles."

Delta 351: "Give us another hint! We have digital watches."



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