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Santella, Andrew.
AIR FORCE ONE
Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, 2003.
IL 5-8, RL 7.0
ISBN 0761326170

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

I'm sure you have heard of Air Force One.  Not the shoes but the airplane.  But do you know why it's called that?  Believe it or not, it is not the name of the airplane itself.  Any plane that carries the President of the United States is called Air Force One.  It is the call name of the plane.  The first presidential flight was made by Franklin Roosevelt.  The pilot was not even told who his passenger would be but he knew it was someone important.  Since then, special planes have been built and equipped for the presidents.  This is the story of the presidential airplane.

Booktalk #2

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                       On January 11, 1943, pilot Howard Cone began preparing his airplane for a top-secret flight.  Secret missions were nothing new to Cone.  The United States had been fighting in World War II for just over a year, and the war had turned the Atlantic Ocean into a dangerous battlefield.  Prowling German submarines threatened any ship that tried to cross the ocean.  The safest way to cross was in a plane.  And the only plane that could make it across was the Boeing 314 Clipper.  It was the plane that Howard Cone flew.
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                    What was the top-secret mission?  Howard Cone was flying President Roosevelt to North Africa for a war planning meeting with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. In fact, Roosevelt was the first president to fly in an airplane while in office.
                    Since then, Presidents have flown millions of miles, but always in Air Force One.  How can one plane have flown so many miles?  Well, itís not just one plane.  "As soon as the President steps on board any Air Force plane, that plane becomes Air Force One."
                    Over the years, presidents have had many planes with lots of different features.  President Roosevelt flew in a troop transport plane called a C-54 Skymaster.  Lyndon Johnson actually became president on Air Force One.  And President George W. Bush was kept safe thousands of feet in the air on Air Force One during the September 11 attacks.
                    To learn more about the history of this important and impressive service, read Andrew Santellaís AIR FORCE ONE.  (Melissa Henderson, mhenders@eapl.org, Ela Area Public Library, Lake Zurich, IL)

Non fiction SUBJECTS:     Air Force One (Presidential Aircraft).
                        Presidential aircraft.

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