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Very interesting. Thanks for posting this. Columbine III is housed at the Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio along with some other Presidential aircraft.

Boeing is building two new planes to replace the current "Air Force One"s in service and it is hoped that the Air Force Museum will be able to obtain the current Air Force One.
 

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Very interesting. Thanks for posting this. Columbine III is housed at the Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio along with some other Presidential aircraft.

Boeing is building two new planes to replace the current "Air Force One"s in service and it is hoped that the Air Force Museum will be able to obtain the current Air Force One.
There are actually two VC-25As (specially equipped 747). Only when the President is on board does the plane become Air Force One. Otherwise it is a plain old VC-25A.

Indeed I believe there is also a pair of C-32 (specially equipped 757-200s IIRC), which can become Air Force One if need be, i.e they are specially equipped to serve as a Presidential plane. They have seen used as Air Force One to make it possible for the President to fly into smaller airports.
 

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There are actually two VC-25As (specially equipped 747). Only when the President is on board does the plane become Air Force One. Otherwise it is a plain old VC-25A.

Indeed I believe there is also a pair of C-32 (specially equipped 757-200s IIRC), which can become Air Force One if need be, i.e they are specially equipped to serve as a Presidential plane. They have seen used as Air Force One to make it possible for the President to fly into smaller airports.
Technically any Air Force plane the president is on, regardless of its configuration, is Air Force One. The same way any Navy plane he is on becomes Navy One, Marine aircraft becomes Marine One etc.
An example of this was back in 2003 when GW flew aboard an S-3 Viking to the Abraham Lincoln to give his famous mission accomplished speech. The aircraft didn’t have any special configuration but as soon as he stepped onboard it became Navy One.
 

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Technically any Air Force plane the president is on, regardless of its configuration, is Air Force One. The same way any Navy plane he is on becomes Navy One, Marine aircraft becomes Marine One etc.
That is correct.

I have wondered why this XYZ-One designation applies apparently only to airborne vessels.
 

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Indeed I believe there is also a pair of C-32 (specially equipped 757-200s IIRC), which can become Air Force One if need be, i.e they are specially equipped to serve as a Presidential plane. They have seen used as Air Force One to make it possible for the President to fly into smaller airports.
In 2004 when George Bush was running for a 2nd term, he came to Farmington, NM and flew in on a B757.
 
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