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August 17, 2001 |
A Boeing 707 jet used as Air Force One by five presidents will be retired and donated to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley next month. The military's decision was influenced by the library's commitment to carefully preserve the plane and its location 50 miles north of Los Angeles, which allows easy access for millions of people, said Air Force Secretary James G. Roche.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2001 |
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is negotiating to bring a jet and limousine once used by the former commander-in-chief to the hilltop museum. Ventura County Supervisor Frank Schillo said he was told last week that the library will acquire a plane that served as Air Force One during Reagan's two terms. Library officials refused to comment Monday. Schillo said library foundation director Mark Burson told him the library is getting one of the 40th president's bulletproof limousines.
February 15, 2001 |
President Bush sought this week to clear former President Clinton and his staff of accusations that items had been taken from Air Force One. "All the allegations that they took stuff off Air Force One are simply not true," Bush said. After Clinton left office, there were reports that items such as towels and glasses embossed with the presidential seal were missing from the official aircraft.
November 21, 1999 |
In response to a security threat Saturday, passengers on Air Force One heading to Pisa, Italy, from Athens were asked by the Secret Service to open their carry-on luggage for inspection. Officials would give no details on the threat. Nothing suspicious was found aboard the Boeing 747, a senior official said. In the Greek capital, police said they had no information from Clinton's staff on the apparent threat.
May 16, 1999 |
A small commuter plane that threatened to come too close to Air Force One prompted the president's plane to alter its landing approach to Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday evening, officials said. The two planes never violated the required 1,000-foot vertical separation, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Hank Price said. "This was not a near-miss by any calculation," said White House press secretary Joe Lockhart. He said President Clinton, who was aboard, was never in danger.
November 16, 1998 |
Vice President Al Gore got his first ride on Air Force One on Saturday night, and he seemed to enjoy the experience so much that he might want to make it a regular habit someday. Never before had anyone but President Clinton or then-President Bush been the passenger of honor on the huge, plush, specially equipped Boeing 747 used for presidential travel.