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The First VC-137 Air Force One Flight Crew
Chief Presidential Pilot of the First VC-137 Air Force One Crew William Draper (Right)
And Aids to the President Robert L. Schultz (Left) & Evan P. Aurand (Center)

05/20/52
Boeing Board approves development plan to build a four engine swept wing jetliner.

07/15/54
1st Flight of the prototype 367-80 from the Renton Washington at 2:14 PM., flight time was 2hrs, 24min with A.M. Tex Johnston at the controls.

08/07/55
As a gesture of confidents in the 367-80, Tex Johnston barrel rolls Boeing's prototype twice during a flyover demonstration at the Gold Cup Races.

10/28/57
America's first production jetliner rolls out.

10/16/58
First Lady Eisenhower christens the Pan American Jet Clipper America (N710PA)

05/04/59
1st VC-137A (58-6970) presidential jet is delivered to Andrews AFB in Military Air Transport Service livery.

05/12/58
First official Air Force flight is from Andrews AFB to Air Force Academy Colorado Springs. Call sign SAM970.

05/31/59
2nd VC-137A (58-6971) presidential backup jet is delivered to Andrews AFB.

06/30/59
3rd VC-137A (58-6972) presidential backup jet is delivered to Andrews AFB.

08/01/59
SAM970 makes first flight to Moscow in preparation for President Eisenhower's visit.

08/26/59
1st Presidential flight in SAM970 as Air Force One takes trip to Germany, England, and France.

09/30/59
1st Presidential flight in SAM971 as Air Force One takes trip to California.

10/13/59
Eisenhower takes SAM971 on trip home to Abilene, Kansas.

12/03/59
Eisenhower takes SAM970 on Operation Monsoon an eleven nation tour.

01/15/60
1st Presidential flight in SAM972 as Air Force One take trip to Albany, Georgia.

01/27/60
Eisenhower takes SAM970 to Los Angeles and Palms Springs.

02/10/60
Eisenhower takes SAM972 to Cape Canaveral, Florida.

02/22/60
Eisenhower takes SAM970 on Operation Amigo, trip to Latin American.

05/03/60
Eisenhower takes SAM971 on trip to Ft. Benning, Georgia.

05/14/60
Eisenhower takes SAM970 to Paris and Lisbon, aborted summit after a U-2 spy plane was shot over the Soviet Union.

06/12/60
Eisenhower takes SAM972 on trip to Alaska and Far East.

07/07/60
Eisenhower takes SAM970 on trip to Newport, Chicago and Denver.

09/22/60
Eisenhower takes SAM971 on trip to New York City.

09/26/60
Eisenhower takes SAM971 on trip to Philadelphia and Newark.

09/29/60
Eisenhower takes SAM971 on trip to Chicago.

10/17/60
Eisenhower takes SAM972 on his final trip as Air Force One to Minnesota, California and Texas.

More to come as we receive more information from the archives!

     
 
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