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    …and the diarist hinted at it without asserting it overtly, any aircraft in which the President is flying is One. If it's an Air Force aircraft, it's Air Force One, as stated in the diary, a Marine aircraft  with the President on board is Marine One. Generally, those are usually the two services that ferry the President, but when the shrub landed on a carrier to proclaim "Mission Accomplished", he did so on Navy One.

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but Army and Coast Guard aircraft would be assigned similar nomenclature. How about, you say, if that Jetstar was a civilian airplane? We had that covered, too—Executive One.

    Not to be outdone, the Vice-President gets the same callsign treatment, although, not surprisingly, as Two, which is not as lonely as the number One…sorry. There is a callsign protocol for the families of the President and Vice President, as well, with the phonetic "Foxtrot" appended to the callsign, e.g. Executive One Foxtrot.

    All of that was in our Air Traffic Procedures manual, FAAH 7110.65x and unless there's serious clamor to actually see it, I won't link to it. Also, while I'm thinking about it, presidential aircraft were the #2 priority flights in our job. #1? Emergencies.

    I worked A1 once in my career, and it was a C9 (Air Force DC-9). I purloined the actual flight progress strip I used to add to my personal collection. It's pictured on my ATC website. I worked A2 once, as well, although I can't remember what type it was. He was inbound to Dubuque, IA, and I tried to vector him for the ILS but he insisted on doing a full VOR/DME. Rats! I wanted to show off my airport traffic control chops to the Veep, vectoring to final.

    LRod—UID 238035
    ZJX, ORD, ZAU retired
    My ATC site
    My Norm's Tools site

    by exatc on Mon Dec 02, 2013 at 07:35:02 PM PST

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