The Flying White House

Presidential airplanes, past and present.

(U.S. Air Force / NASM)

Nixon Redesign

(White House)

Air Force One was in need of refurbishing by the time Richard Nixon took office in 1969, and the new president was greatly involved with the interior redesign, which took three months. Nixon placed an emphasis on privacy, doing away with the open floor plan favored by Lyndon Johnson, asking instead for a three-room suite for himself and his family that could be used as a combination office, lounge, and bedroom. The press corps was relegated to a small suite, which they shared with security.

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