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Boeing VC-137B "Air Force One"

The Musem's Boeing VC-137B (707-120/SAM 970)
Manufacturer: Boeing Aircraft Company
Model: VC-137B (707-120)
Year: 1958
Span: 39.877m / 131ft
Length: 44.0436m / 145ft
Height: 11.7104m / 38ft
Wing Area: 226.026m² / 2,433ft²
Gross Weight: 117029kg / 258,000lbs
Maximum Speed: 949.31km/h
Power Plant: Four JT3D-3 Pratt and Whitney jet engines
Range: 6436km / 4,000miles
Serial Number: 58-6970
On Loan From: National Museum of the United States Air Force

Boeing VC-137B (707-120/SAM 970) "Air Force One" conference room


The Museum's Boeing VC-137B (707-120/SAM 970) "Air Force One" cockpit


The Museum's Boeing VC-137B (707-120/SAM 970) "Air Force One" seating area


The Museum's Boeing VC-137B (707-120/SAM 970) "Air Force One" on display (Photo by Heath Moffatt)

Boeing VC-137B "Air Force One"

The Flying Oval Office

The first presidential jet plane, a specially built Boeing 707-120, is known as SAM (Special Air Missions) 970. This aircraft, as well as any other Air Force aircraft, carried the call sign "Air Force One" when the president was aboard. Delivered in 1959 to replace Eisenhower's Super-Constellation, the high-speed jet transport is a flying Oval Office with a modified interior and sophisticated communication equipment.

Jet technology gave a president the opportunity to meet face-to-face with world leaders easily. SAM 970 has carried presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon as well as VIPs such as Nikita Khrushchev and Henry Kissinger.

By 1962, SAM 970 was replaced by a newer Boeing VC-137C. But SAM 970 remained in the presidential fleet ferrying VIPs and the Vice-President until June of 1996.

This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

Help us preserve this historic artifact for future generations. Click here to find out about the Museum's Adopt-A-Plane program.