Air Force One 1959 Virtual Tour

Oct 21 2023 - Oct 21 2023

Air Force One 1959 Virtual Tour

AirForce One SAM Special Air Mission 970 | Presidential Airplane | 3DMuseum.co


"The Presidential Jet: SAM 970, a Flying Piece of American History" SAM (Special Air Mission) 970, the very first presidential jet plane, holds a unique place in American aviation history. This specially crafted Boeing 707-153 was the flying Oval Office for several U.S. presidents, carrying the iconic call sign "Air Force One" whenever the Commander-in-Chief was on board. Delivered in 1959 to replace President Eisenhower's Super-Constellation, SAM 970 was a high-speed jet transport equipped with a modified interior and advanced communication systems, marking a new era in presidential air travel. On August 26, 1959, President Eisenhower made history as the first U.S. president to take to the skies in a jet aircraft when he boarded SAM 970. This momentous event not only symbolized the modernization of presidential travel but also showcased the adaptability of the U.S. Air Force in meeting the evolving needs of the nation's leaders. SAM 970 was the inaugural member of a trio of 707s acquired in 1959 for presidential duties, designated as part of the VC-137 series. Over the years, this remarkable aircraft had the honor of carrying Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon on their diplomatic missions. It even played host to distinguished foreign leaders, including the infamous Nikita Khrushchev. In 1962, SAM 970's primary presidential duty came to a close as it was succeeded by a newer Boeing VC-137C. Nevertheless, its legacy continued as Secretary of State Henry Kissinger utilized it for pivotal peace talks with North Vietnam in 1970-71, as well as secret discussions with the Chinese in 1971. SAM 970 also served as the central hub for Middle East "shuttle diplomacy" in 1974, showcasing its enduring relevance on the global stage. Throughout its extensive service, SAM 970 remained a fixture in the presidential fleet, transporting VIPs, the Vice-President, and key government officials until June 1996, leaving an indelible mark on the annals of American aviation history. Today, SAM 970 stands as a proud relic of U.S. presidential air travel, on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This remarkable aircraft is a testament to the nation's commitment to innovation, diplomacy, and leadership in the skies.

Media & Awards

  • Oct 21 2023 - Oct 21 2023



Mon ‒ Fri: 09am ‒ 07pm

Adults: $25
Children & Students free


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