The presidential plane wasn't always known as Air Force One. The first potential presidential plane was a transport version of the four-engine B-24 Liberator heavy bomber specially modified for FDR and named Guess Where II . Later presidential aircraft included the Dixie Clipper and Sacred Cow (FDR), Independence (Truman), Columbine II and III (Eisenhower), followed by Air Force One. For the last sixty years Air Force One has seen every president and first lady through each administration's triumphs and tragedies, and has flown over a million miles around the globe.
Featuring new and unseen photography of the presidential aircraft, aviation expert and author Nicholas A. Veronico brings the story of the mighty aircraft up to date; detailing how the plane has adapted to the digital age, and what to look forward to as Boeing updates the aircraft once more for 2024. Fully illustrated. 160 pages. HB