AUSTIN - One of the planes designated to fly the President of the United States was flying over Austin and conducting landings and takeoffs at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Monday.
Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace, 89th Airlift Wing Public Affairs chief, said in a release that the plane is “completing a maintenance cycle and is currently undergoing an operational testing regimen prior to being certified for return to Presidential service.”
"The testing program includes the requirement to conduct multiple takeoffs, approaches and landings under a variety of conditions," Wallace said. Wallace added there were no passengers aboard the aircraft seen at ABIA.
The plane, which is only referred to as “Air Force One” if the president is on board, is one of two customized 747-200B aircraft. The tail numbers of the planes are 28000 and 29000. According to the White House, any Air Force aircraft carrying the president is referred to as “Air Force One.” Go here to learn more about the planes.
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