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SAM 26000 was the first of two Boeing VC-137C United States Air Force aircraft specifically configured and maintained for use by the President of the United States.

 VC-137C  "QUEENIE"

Design

Current status

SAM 26000 at the USAF Museum, June, 2003.

In May 1998, SAM 26000 was flown to the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB near Dayton, Ohio. Its final flight was staged over the Museum grounds for the benefit of the media and Museum visitors. The aircraft circled the Museum several times at low altitude before finally landing on the original Wright Field airstrip alongside the Museum. The plane taxied to the Museum's restoration hangars and the crew disembarked, while members of the press explored the aircraft. After several months of work by the Museum's restoration staff, the aircraft was placed on permanent display in the Museum's Presidential Hangar. The public can walk through the aircraft; while the original intent (according to museum personnel) was to restore the aircraft to how it looked when Kennedy was President, it was later determined to leave the aircraft interior as it looked when it was delivered to the U.S. Air Force Museum in May, 1998. In December 2009, SAM 26000 was taken off display and moved to the museum's restoration area, where it would be repainted into its Presidential paint scheme. SAM 26000 was later returned to the Presidential Planes Hangar at the museum.

 

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The aircraft was built at Boeing's Renton plant at a cost of $8 million. Raymond Loewy, working with President Kennedy, designed the blue and white color scheme featuring the presidential seal that is still used today.[1] The plane served as the primary means of transportation for three presidents: Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon during his first term. In 1972, during the Nixon administration, the plane was replaced by another 707, SAM 27000, although SAM 26000 was kept as a back-up plane until 1998.

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Boeing VC-137 QUEENIE

SAM 26000 was the first of two Boeing VC-137C United States Air Force aircraft specifically configured and maintained for use by the President of the United States. It used the callsign Air Force One when the President was on board, otherwise SAM 26000 (spoken as 'SAM two-six-thousand'), with SAM indicating 'Special Air Mission.'

  • History

    Role Passenger/VIP transport

    Manufacturer Boeing

    First flight 31 December 1958

    Status Retired

    Primary user United States Air Force

    Produced 1954–1965

    Developed from Boeing 707

  • Primary Users

    Length: 152 ft 11 in (46.61 m)

    Wingspan: 145 ft 9 in (44.42 m)

    Height: 42 ft 5 in (12.93 m)

    Empty weight: 98,466 lb (44,663 kg)

    Loaded weight: 297,000 lb (135,000 kg)

    Max. takeoff weight: 327,000 lb (148,325 kg)

    Powerplant: 4 × Pratt & Whitney TF33-PW-102 turbofan engines , 18,000 lbf (80 kN) each

  • Specifications

    Maximum speed: 627 mph (1009 km/h)

    Cruise speed: 600 mph (966 km/h)

    Range: 7,610 mi (12,247 km)

    Service ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,200 m)

    Rate of climb: 4,900 ft/min (1,490 m/min)

     

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