Kennedy’s Air Force One

When Air Force One’s crew Learned of the Kennedy assassination, they refused to put his body in the cargo hold and modified the plane with a hacksaw to be able to take the coffin in the cabin. The aircraft was built at Boeing’s Renton plant at a cost of $8 million. Raymond Loewy, working with President Kennedy, designed the blue and white color scheme featuring the presidential seal that is still used today. The plane served as the primary means of transportation for three presidents: Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon during his first term. In 1972, during the Nixon administration. As Kennedy was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery, 50 fighter jets flew overhead, followed by this plane.