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 SAM 26000 returns to display March 6
 Presidential Gallery closed to visitors on March 6, reopens March 7
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DAYTON, Ohio - Restoration specialists continue painting SAM 26000 in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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 Boeing VC-137C SAM 26000
Air Force One returning to display

Posted 3/3/2010   Updated 4/6/2010 Email story   Print story


by Sarah Swan
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

3/3/2010 - DAYTON, Ohio -- Restoration staff at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force plan to return the Boeing VC-137C SAM 26000, also known as Air Force One when a president is on board, to display on March 6. The aircraft was recently painted back to its original presidential paint scheme.

The Presidential Gallery will not be open for touring on March 6 due to aircraft movement, but the regular schedule will resume on March 7. Visitors are asked to plan their trip accordingly.

SAM 26000 was the first jet made specifically for use by the President of the United States. Built in 1962, it served many presidents over three decades, carrying heads of state, diplomats and other dignitaries and officials on many historic journeys.

President John F. Kennedy flew aboard SAM 26000 to Dallas, Texas, where he was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963 -- and it was on this airplane that Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as the nation's new president. SAM 26000 then carried Kennedy's body and Johnson back to Washington, D.C.

In 1972, when the newly delivered SAM 27000 became the primary presidential transport, 26000 was given the role as back-up aircraft. Later, it was given a different paint scheme. The new colors and markings return 26000 back to how the aircraft looked when it was the primary presidential transport.

For more information about SAM 26000, visit

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free.

NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, please contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-3286.

NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, please contact Sarah Swan at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-1283.

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