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Step aboard the SAM 26000 - the first jet-powered aircraft ever built for the president of the United States

7 days ago   |   By Business Insider

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On October 19, 1962, Boeing delivered a highly modified version of the civilian 707-320B airliner with the serial number 62-26000. It would be tasked with Special Air Missions, and its call sign would be " SAM Two-six-thousand ."
It was the first jet aircraft built specifically for use by the US president, whose presence prompted the call sign to change to "Air Force One," which had been adopted in 1953 for use by planes carrying the president.
The SAM 26000 would carry eight presidents during its 36-year career - John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford...
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