Air Force One defaced … not!

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I saw a post on Cherryflava this morning during a slightly illicit blog trawl that Mark Ecko managed to add some graffiti to the US Presidential plane, Air Force One (this is apparently known as tagging).  It is slightly unbelievable that someone can get close enough to spray graffiti on what must be one of the most guarded planes in the world and sure enough, the whole thing turned out to be a hoax.  Oh well, it was fun while it lasted … all seven minutes of it.

While I am talking about Air Force One, did you know that the name “Air Force One” isn’t the name given to a specific plane, per se, but rather to any US Air Force plane the President of the United States is riding on.  According to Wikipedia:

Air Force One is the air traffic control call sign of any U.S. Air Force aircraft carrying the President of the United States (it is a common misconception that “Air Force One” refers to a single airplane). Since 1990, the presidential fleet has consisted of two specifically configured, highly customized Boeing 747-200B series aircraft—tail numbers 28000 and 29000—with Air Force designation VC-25A. While these planes are only referred to as “Air Force One” while the president is on board, the term is commonly used to describe either of the two aircraft normally used and maintained by the U.S. Air Force solely for the president.

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