Obama's Air Force One
Netlore Archive: Online postings claim President Obama replaced the American flag on the tail of Air Force One with his own campaign logo and slogan at a cost to taxpayers of $500,000.
Description: Forwarded email / Hoax
Circulating since: Dec. 2011
Status: False (see details below)
Email contributed by a reader, April 28, 2012:
Subject: FW: Obama's Air Force One (IT'S NOT OBAMA"S)
Obama's Air Force One (WAIT! Who's AFO?
He has turned Air Force One into a campaign slogan carrier...
Obama Removes American Flag from His Plane… WHO'S PLANE?
Barack Obama recently finished a $500,000 total overhaul of his (HIS?) Boeing 757. And as part of the new design, he decided to remove the American flag from the tail.
What American running for President of the United States would remove the symbol of his country? And worse, he replaced the flag with a symbol of himself.
Please forward this if you're not ashamed of your country and our flag.
If you do not forward this to everyone you know nothing will happen. If Obama is elected president of the United States we are in trouble. If you think the Liberals can lead our country just look what Pelosi and Reid have accomplished for us... "ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!"
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Analysis: False. It's politics as usual from folks who rely on you believing anything you read in a forwarded email.
The photos above were taken in 2008 before Obama was elected President and show his customized Boeing 757 campaign jet, not Air Force One. No one has painted over any American flags on Air Force One, let alone replaced them with Obama's logo or campaign slogan. The words "United States of America" still appear on the fuselage of Air Force One, and an American flag is clearly visible on its tail.
Here's a recent photo of one of the planes officially designated "Air Force One":
(Image credit: WPA Pool / Getty Images, May 26, 2011)
(Compare to: 2005 photo of Air Force One flying over Mt. Rushmore. The markings are the same.)
The current message is a revised version of a forwarded email that circulated in 2008. It complained, similarly, that Obama had replaced the American flag with an "Obama '08" logo on his campaign jet (not identified in the 2008 version as Air Force One). That email was true insofar as the logo of Northwest Airlines, which consists of an abstracted image of the American flag, was indeed removed and replaced with Obama's campaign logo. A smaller image of the American flag appeared elsewhere on the plane.
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Sources and further reading:
Air Force One
Factsheet from WhiteHouse.gov
Obama Campaign Plane Poised to Depart from Chicago for Mid-East and Europe
Chicago Sun-Times blog, 20 July 2008
Obama Road Blog: Wheels Down in Amman, Jordan
Barack Obama campaign website, 21 July 2008
North American Airlines Operates Campaign Aircraft for Barack Obama
North American Airlines press release, 23 July 2008
Presidential Hopefuls Crisscross U.S. in Customized Chartered Jets
AINOnline.com, 1 August 2008
CBS News blog, 3 August 2008
Last updated: 05/08/12