Air Force One

<p><strong>The Flying Oval Office</strong><br /> 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 <em>Air Force One</em> when the president was aboard. Delivered in 1959 to replace Eisenhower's Super Constellation, the high-speed jet transport is a flying Oval Office with a modified interior and sophisticated communication equipment.</p> <p>Jet technology gave a president the opportunity to meet face-to-face with world leaders easily. SAM 970 has carried presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, as well as VIPs such as Nikita Khrushchev and Henry Kissinger.</p> <p>In 1962, SAM 970 was replaced by a newer Boeing VC-137C. But SAM 970 remained in the presidential fleet, ferrying VIPs and the vice-president, until June of 1996.</p>
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