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Steve MNSteve MN
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Karlsson wrote:

For a long time I thought I was able to say I had seen Air Force One. I was wrong though, as they are only called that when the president is on board.

Fun little tidbit: Nixon’s presidency ended while he was flying home to California. This changed Air Force One into Special Air Mission 2700 mid-flight.

I double-checked and Trump’s flight home had already landed before Biden was sworn in this year, so that’s still the only time that’s happened. You missed a zero there, though, it was SAM-27000, to match the tail number of the plane. The current “Air Force One” planes are tail numbers 28000 and 29000, and use SAM 28000/29000 as their call-sign any time they’re flying and the President isn’t aboard.