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The Nation Remembers: Visitors Tour JFK's Air Force One in Dayton

Updated: Friday, November 22 2013, 10:09 PM EST
DAYTON, Ohio (Larry Davis) -- Images of Air Force One are a part of our memories of the assassination of President Kennedy.

And
the plane that brought the President to Dallas and returned his body to
Washington the same day is open for tours at the Air Force museum near
Dayton.  Local 12 News reporter Larry Davis shows us the wide range of
history made on air force one that fateful day.

This is Sam
26000, better known as Air Force One.  Its been housed here at the Air
Force museum since 1998, but it will always be remembered for its place
in history 50 years ago.

November 22nd, 1963, Air Force One
arrived in Dallas. President Kennedy and the First Lady were all smiles
as they made their way down the steps. 

Steve Cawthon was in second grade; he remembers that day.

"I
just take myself back to this, just a classic picture to when they
landed in Dallas.  They came out of this door right here, and the
picture of Mrs. Kennedy coming down first, the classic pink dress and
the pill box hat, it just absolutely takes you back."

Later, tragedy would strike the Presidential motorcade. 

President
Kennedy died of his gunshot wounds.  His coffin later carried back on
to Air Force One for the trip back to Washington.

On the 50th
anniversary of the assassination, museum tourists walk the narrow aisles
of this plane. The cockpit, the seats, the state room are behind
partitions.  You can feel the history.

Doctor Jeff Underwood is a
historian at the Air Force Museum, "I think the voices of the people
past might be a little louder in the aircraft that they will hear them a
little more clearly because everything will be focused for that one
moment when they get to experience what it would have been like 50 years
earlier."

And this was the exact spot on air force one where
Lyndon Johnson raised his right hand and was became in as the 36th
president of the United States.  And this was the picture taken of
Lyndon Johnson taking the oath of office.  The photographer crammed into
a crowded corner.

"I can get just a feeling of what it would
have been like thinking of all those people their heart has been torn
because someone they know has been murdered."

A short distance away President Kennedy's casket was stored here in the back of the plane. Jackie Kennedy sat by its side.

"We
have the contrast between the high politics just 30 feet away from us,
but right here it goes back to something as personal as a widow flying
her murdered husband back from Dallas to Washington D.C."

Also
on display at the museum are the blankets for the President and the
First Lady, the pilot's log book, the trip itinerary.  An x on the
flight card marks the cancellations of two planned stops; the
assassination forcing a detour to Washington.

Touring Air Force
One at the Air Force Museum brings back memories for those who remember
the day a young President was assassinated.  It was like it was just
yesterday this plane flew eight Presidents from JFK to Bill Clinton; but
it will always be remembered as John F. Kennedy's Air Force One.

The museum will now shuttle visitors to the plane four times a day and seven days a week through December 1st. The Nation Remembers: Visitors Tour JFK's Air Force One in Dayton


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