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Boeing VC-137C Stratoliner  #62-6000 (SAM 26000) “Air Force One”, USAF 1960s


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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/144 scale AA32901: Boeing VC-137C Stratoliner  #62-6000 “Air Force One” USAF

Length 12.75 inches Wingspan 12.25 inches

This is probably the most famous aircraft of all the Boeing 707 family, as it was operated as the personal aircraft of the President of the United States by the 98th Air Transport Squadron, 89th Military Airlift Wing, USAF, from Andrews Air Force Base near Washington D.C. Known as “Air Force One”, VC-137C was the military VIP designation for this Boeing 707-320B, of which 62-6000 (SAM 26000) was the first of two delivered to the President Flight in October, 1962. The ‘V’ prefix was later dropped from the C-137C designation during the Carter administration.  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.

A VC-137C with Air Force serial number 62-6000, SAM 26000 was a customized Boeing 707. It entered service in 1962 during the administration of John F. Kennedy and was replaced in presidential service in 1972 but kept as a backup. The aircraft was finally retired in 1998 and is now on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force near Dayton, Ohio.

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. 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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Weight 2.5 kg