Kathy and Sydney under the wings of the previous "Air Force One" at the 1998 DOD Joint Services Open House at Andrews Air Force Base.
In 1963, this C-137 (a Boeing 707) entered service as "Air Force One" with tail number 26000. It is perhaps the most widely known and historical of the presidential aircraft. Tail number 26000 is the aircraft that carried President John F. Kennedy to Dallas, November 22, 1963, and in which his body was returned to Washington, D.C., following his assassination.
In 1969, President Nixon flew in 26000 to meet the Apollo 11 crew after their trip to the moon. In 1970, National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger used 26000 to take him to Paris for secret negotiations with the North Vietnamese. Early in 1972, President Nixon flew 26000 on his historic "journey for peace" to China.