From Antiques to Boutiques

In 1962, a C-137C specifically purchased for use as Air Force One, entered into service with the tail number 26000.

It is perhaps the most widely known and most historically significant presidential aircraft. Tail number 26000 is the aircraft that carried President Kennedy to Dallas, Nov. 22, 1963, and returned the body to Washington, D.C., following his assassination. Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn into office as the 36th president on board the aircraft at Love Field in Dallas. This fateful aircraft also was used to return President Johnson's body to Texas following his state funeral Jan. 24, 1973.

In 1972 President Richard M. Nixon made historic visits aboard 26000 to the People's Republic of China and to the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Tail number 26000 was retired May 1998, and is on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, just 5 miles south of Fairborn, Ohio via Exit 24 off I-675.

For additional information. please call (937) 255-3286, or www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/

 


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