Unloading the casket from Air Force One.
Unloading the casket from Air Force One.

Kennedy Assassination Air Force One

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Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio

You can walk inside JFK's Air Force One (a Boeing VC-137C SAM 26000) -- reconfigured to a single narrow aisle between plexiglass walls -- and stand on the exact spot where LBJ stood as he was sworn in, and see where Jackie sat next to JFK's casket on the flight back from Dallas.

The plane was not retired afterward; it continued as Air Force One for Johnson and Nixon, and then occasionally thereafter for Carter, Reagan, Bush 41, and Clinton. But JFK was its first President, and Jackie was the one who had it painted in the classy colors that all subsequent Air Force Ones have followed.

Air Force One.

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Kennedy Assassination Air Force One

National Museum of the United States Air Force

Address:
1100 Spaatz St., Wright Patterson AFB, OH
Directions:
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. I-70 Exit 41. 8 miles S on Rt 4, left on Harshman Rd., right on Springfield Pike. OR I-70 to exit 44, I-675. Follow the brown signs.
Phone:
937-255-3286
Admission:
Free
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