In less than 20 minutes Barak Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. A few hours later, George W Bush, now a common man, flies home to Crawford Texas where he will hopefully retire quietly.
He’ll fly on a VC-25A, the Air Force designation for the specially modified Boeing 747-200B. On the trip, the aircraft will be known as either Air Force 28000 or 29000. The aircraft are only referred to as “Air Force One” when the sitting President is on board. Actually, any airplane that is carrying the President is officially Air Force One.
Mr. President, I’d like to invite you to come up to Brampton for a ride in a Cessna 172R. It would be so cool to make this radio call:
“BRAMPTON UNICOM. AIR FORCE ONE ON FINAL TO RUNWAY 33, HARD STOP”