In the summer of 1972, at Andrews Air Force Base outside of Washington, D.C., the
Eighty-Ninth Military Air Wing took delivery of a new, specially outfitted Boeing
707 aircraft. Over the next twenty-eight years the plane would fly 445 missions,
1,440 sorties, and over 1.3 million miles. It would literally fly in and out of history
as it ferried seven different Presidents to the events and places that would shape
the world. To the military, the plane was known as “Special Air Mission 27000.” To
the world it was—and always will be—AIR FORCE ONE.
On September 8, 2001, the Air Force decommissioned SAM 27000 and gave it on permanent
loan to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA. Documentary filmmakers
Joel Haskell Cohen and Michael Cohen have chronicled the historic final days of the
most famous aircraft in the world.
The Cohen’s cameras were rolling from the moment SAM 27000 touched down for the final
time at San Bernardino International Airport in California where it was disassembled
piece by piece in one of the more complex engineering projects in the history of
modern aviation. Air Force One: The Final Mission follows her perilous 102 mile midnight
journey by truck to the Reagan Presidential Library where it was completely reconstructed
in a massive new indoor pavilion. On October 21, 2005 they captured its rededication
as a national historic treasure by President and Mrs. Bush and by Former First Lady
With stunning photography and personal insight and commentary from former presidents
and former First Lady Nancy Reagan, Air Force One: The Final Mission tells the story
of a triumph of engineering carried out through the sheer determination and patriotism
of hundreds of men and women committed to preserving history. This is the story
ofAIR FORCE ONE: THE FINAL MISSION.
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