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Air Force One

A US aircraft carrying the President of the United States

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A Quick Tip by Sharrie

  • May 1, 2011
It may carry the most important person in the U.S., however, it causes traffic chaos whenever it goes! Practically all air traffic has to be halted wherever Air Force One chooses to land. I was in Chicago once and President Bush happened to land that very night causing all the delays in flights out of Chicago and missed connections! It seems that the airport will not have any flight taking off or landing in the interval and has to close at least for an hour or so!

Imagine the horror of missing connections for all party concerned!
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Air Force One is the official air traffic control call sign of any United States Air Force aircraft carrying the President of the United States.[1] In common parlance the term refers to those Air Force aircraft whose primary mission is to transport the president; however, any U.S. Air Force aircraft may carry the "Air Force One" call sign while the president is on board. Air Force One is a prominent symbol of the American presidency and its power,[2] with the aircraft being the most famous and most photographed in the world.[3]

The idea of designating specific military aircraft to transport the President arose in 1943, when officials of the United States Army Air Forces – the predecessor to the U.S. Air Force – became concerned with relying on commercial airlines to transport the President. A C-87 Liberator Express was reconfigured for use as a presidential transport; however, it was rejected by the Secret Service amid concerns over the aircraft's safety record. A C-54 Skymaster was then converted for presidential use; this aircraft, dubbed the Sacred Cow, transported President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the Yalta Conference in February 1945, and was subsequently used for another two years by President Harry S. Truman.

The "Air Force One" call sign was created after a 1953 incident involving a flight carrying ...

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