Tuesday, May 8, 2012

AF1 Radio Transmission Transcript - LBJ Library

LBJ Library Tape of AF1 Radio Transmissions

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Editors Note:
LBI Library version is timed in (parenthesis)
Reel 1, Side 1 (30:55)
Reel 1, Side 2 (30:57)
Reel 2, Side 1 (29:42)
Reel 2, Side 2 (30:06)

LBJ Tape: Reel 1, Side One

(00:01) Tape Begins with Announcer’s Introduction:

- The following recording has been reproduced from ground recorded non-high fidelity tape to re-cord record patch communications of Air Force One also includes eight, six, nine, seven two (86972) – the Cabinet plane carrying Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Presidential Secretary Pierre Salinger and other dignitaries enroute between Honolulu and Japan. The following information relative to presidential aircraft radio call signs is given for clarification due to interchangeable use.

Air Force One and Angel are used when the President is aboard the aircraft, Air Force Two-Six-Thousand (26000) is used at all other times.

This tape has been edited and condensed to contain only pertinent information relative to events during 22nd of November, 1963. Only material available from radio circuits used is available. 

LBJ Tape Reel 1, Side 1 (30:55)

Tape 1- Patch 1

- 86972, Andrews. You are readable at this time, sir. Also be advised Two-Six-Thousand coming up on this frequency shortly. Request that you contact Andrews on One-Five. 
- Okay, One-Five. Relay. Will be off Honolulu at seventeen oh-three estimated approximate windshift, 2-1-4-0-2-2.
- 86972, Roger, copy. Thank you much. 

T 1 - Patch 2

- Break, Command Post, Air Force One, 1725. Carswell. 
- Air Force One, understand. Airborne. One, seven, two, five (1725) Zulu. Do you have an ETA? Over.
- Estimated 40 minutes, enroute. I’ll show a log time in a couple of minutes.
- Roger, Air Force One. Command Post listening. Out. 

T 1 - Patch 3

- Pickup 1700 Zulu, weather please.
- Standby One, I have weather officer I can give it to you now, if you are ready to copy. Over.
- Okay, go ahead.
- 1700 Zulu weather, 6000 broken, 15 miles plus visibility, temperature – five-seven, ramp temperature, six-two, wind southwest ten, altimeter setting two-niner, decimal
eight-seven. I just talked with the Ramp and they indicate it is clearing rather rapidly there.
- Roger. Copy, thank you, out.
- Weather out. 

T 1 - Patch 4

- Andrews, Air Force One, the Command Post List.
- Andrews, Air Force One, standby.
- Command Post altimeter.
- This is Airman Gilmore. I have Air Force One for a patch.
- Standby please.
- Air Force One, Air Force Command Post on the line, go ahead sir.
- Roger, Command Post, Air Force One, our estimated time on the block, Dallas will be One, Seven, Four, Zero (1740)
- Roger. I understand. Seventeen forty on the block. (Command Post listening. Out.
- Roger, Out.

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T 1 - Patch 5
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- Air Force One, Andrews.
- Roger, Roger Command Post, please.
- Standby sir.
- Command Post.
- I have Air Force One for a patch.
- Bring him up.
- Standby.
- Air Force One, Andrews. Command Post on the line, give them a call, sir.
- Roger
, Command Post.
- Air Force One on the ground 1738 Zulu.
- Air Force One, understand. On the ground, seventeen thirty eight Zulu. Command Post listening.
- Air Force One…..

T1 – Patch 6

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- Air Force One?
- Hello Liberty! Liberty
- Roger, I have White House Situation Room, SAM 86972,....Over.
- (Static) ... signal...unintelligable…..
- Eight Six Nine Seven Two (86972) do you read me? Over.
- White House?
- White House on.
- Standby. 
- White House, this is SAM 86972. How do you read? Over.
- 86972, I read you loud and clear, loud and clear.
- Roger, standby One, please, we have another phone patch going on with Sing Sing, but we do have traffic for you, so hold on for one moment please.
- Roger, Roger 86972. 

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T1 – Patch 7

- 26000, Andrews, I have the White House.
- Okay, thank you.
- And I want to keep this frequency open. 
- The frequency has been taken …
- …give ….a copy
- Roger.
- 86972 is good and readable. I have a party on that wants to talk to you. Stand by. 
- Standing by.
- Hello? What is your name again?
- Jackson.
- Mister Jackson?
- Yes. 
- Okay. Hold on line one.
- 86972, 86972 I have a Mister Jackson, a Mister Jackson on. Will you give him a call, please? 
- Mister Jackson, this is SAM 86972. How do you read me?
- I read you very well 72. I would like to talk to Colonel Toomey or Colonel Holland please. Over.
- Okay. Colonel Toomey is coming on right now, Stand by One please.
 - Okay.  
- Roger. This is Colonel Toomey. Go ahead.
- Colonel Toomey, this is Murray Jackson. The President of the United States has been shot and seriously wounded in Dallas, Texas. The President of the United States, John F. Kennedy has been shot and seriously wounded in Dallas, Texas. Governor Connally was also shot at the same time. Would you please get the message to Secretary of State Rusk, and I will stand by. Over. 
- Roger, Murray. We have already received the news. We have the UPI on. We have turned around. We are returning to Hawaii. We are estimating Hawaii in one hour and twenty minutes. We will be on the ground in Hawaii in one hour and twenty minutes and will be returning to Washington or Dallas. We have another aircraft alerted to take part of the party to Dallas, and we are returning to Washington. Over.
- Thank you very much Colonel Toomey. I will relay that information to Mr. Ball right away. Over and out. 
- Okay, the secretary has talked with his office in Washington, I believe and also Pierre Salinger has been in contact with the White House from the aircraft. Over.
-Okay thank you very much. Over and out

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- 26000, Andrews. Go ahead sir. 
- Loud and clear. A signal check please.  26000, I read you loud and clear, here also, sir. Stand by on this frequency.
- Right. Thank you. 

T1 – Patch 9
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Reel 1 Side One

- Andrews sideband. Airman Gilmore.
- Roger. Are you in contact with the party coming back from Tokyo? Go ahead.
- Yes sir. We’re going through Liberty airwaves for that aircraft.
- Roger, can you connect me with Wayside?   
- Standby One Six.
- Sir?
- Yes Sir? 
- There’s Mister Jackson running a patch to that aircraft at this time, would you like to listen in or would you like me to break the patch sir? 
- Ah, could I wait please?
- Yes, you can standby. You’re number two.

T1 – Patch 10
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- 86972, Andrews. 
- 86972. 
- Roger, standby. I have another one.
- Who is this sir?
- This is the White House.
- Okay, standby please.
- 86972, 86972, Andrews, I have Crown on, will you give them a call sir   please? 
- This is 86972, go ahead.
- Roger, This is Crown, we wish a phone patch to Wayside. Go ahead.
- Roger, standby for Wayside. 
- Crown.
- Roger, go ahead please. 
- Crown this is Wayside. Go ahead. ‘
- Go ahead please
- Wayside? Wayside? This is Stranger. Do you read me? Over. 
- This is Wayside. Go ahead.
- Kilduff has asked that all cabinet members return to Washington immediately. Over. 
- We are enroute to Honolulu, where we have ah….Washington. Over
- Roger, Roger, will they notifiy us of time of arrival?
- Situation…to  Dallas.…Over
- Roger, Roger, we do not have any firm….as to the exact status …… go ….. Dallas …. Wayside…..go ahead.
- ……..Wayside this is Stranger, over.

T1 – Patch 11
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- Wayside Standby for Situation Room. Yea.
- Go ahead Wayside.
- Wayside, this is Situation Room. I read you the latest bulletin: “President Kennedy has been given blood transfusion today at Parkland Hospital in an effort to save his life after he and Governor John Connally of Texas were shot in an assassination attempt. Over the TV we have the information that the governor has been moved to the operating room. The president is still in the emergency room at Parkland Hospital.”
- Do you read me so far? Over
- I read you loud and clear.
- Wayside. This is Situation Room. Are you getting the press coverage or do you want us to continue to relay it to you? Over. 
- (garbled)….keep informed. Over

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- This is Situation Room. Roger. New subject. We will have information for you on whether to proceed to Dallas by the time you land at Honolulu. Over
- Affirmative affirmative, also….Secretary of State….Dallas….Over.
- This is Situation Room. Roger. Will do. Get determination on whether Secretary of State should also go to Dallas
- Wayside. Out. Over.
- This is Situation Room. Out 

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T-1 Patch 13
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- Andrews talk to Wayside. The party is on the line now
- 86972 Andrews.
- Liberty?
- 86972. 86972.
- 86972. Andrews. I have a party that would like to talk to Wayside. Will you give them a call?
- Wayside. The party is on the line now.
- 86972, I have a party that would like to talk to Wayside. 
- Wayside is coming on right now. 
- All right, fine there’s no rush. I’ll just talk to you here. This is the Situation Room. We’ll standby. We are looking for confirmation of something here.
- Wayside,…Wayside.
- Okay Wayside. Just standby for a moment please. We are getting confirmation now.
- Please stay on the line. We are getting confirmation now.
- Wayside on the line.
- Please stay on the line. This is Situation Room still on the line standing by. I read you loud and clear. Nothing further for you yet. 
- Wayside. This is Situation Room.
- We have ah conflicting reports now, so we have no confirmation. We will call you again. I have relayed your intentions and current position to the Front Office. Your office has the word. We will call you again when we get confirmation. Over. 
- Okay This is Wayside. Out. 

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- Andrews, 26000. Radio Check.
- 26000 (Two Six Thousand), Andrews, loud and clear.
- [Third voice] 26000, Liberty, loud and clear. Will you try to notify if you close down for good? Go ahead.
- Roger. Will do.
- Roger, Liberty.

T- 1 Patch 15
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- Andrews. Sideband. Airman Gilmore. 
- Gilmore, this is Murray Jackson at State again. Can you get me Seven Two again?
- Could you say again, sir, you are very, very week. 
- This is Murray Jackson at the State Department. 
- Yes sir?
- I talked to Seven Two a little while ago. Can you get me Seven Two on a single sideband again?
- Mister Jackson, be advised that Seven Two is in a patch with the Situation Room at the present time sir. If you wish to standby. 
- That’s all right. They’re talking to them now?
- Yes sir. They are in a patch at the present time.
- All right, very good. Can you listen in on this?
- Ah, not from this console, no sir.
- Well, what we want to tell the plane is that Under Secretary Ball requests that the Secretary and all the passengers return directly to Washington instead of going to Dallas.  - Yes sir, I believe they received that message sir.
- Very good. Thank you.
- Thank you very much sir.
- Oh, hello?
- Yes sir?
- One other thing. The Secretary is supposed to call Mrs. Ball when he gets on the ground in Honolulu.
- Okay sir, I’ll relay that as soon as possible.
- Thank you very much. 

T – 1 Patch 16
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- Andrews sideband, Airman Gilmore.
- Airman Gilmore, this is Murray Jackson again at the State Department.
- Yes sir?
 - The message I just gave you about Mr. Ball wanting the Secretary and all of the passengers of the plane to return directly to Washington has now been reconfirmed by McGeorge Bundy who has also said that the plane and all its passengers should return immediately to Washington, rather than Dallas. 
- Standby sir.
- All right.

T- 1 – Patch 17
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- 86972. 86972. Andrews. 
- Andrews. Loud and clear. Loud and clear. You have Mister Jackson on the line. Would you give him a call sir?
- Mister Jackson, 86972. Go ahead sir.
- I have a message from Undersecretary Ball and from McGeorge Bundy at the White House. They request that the Secretary of State and ALL passengers aboard the aircraft return to Washington immediately. Over. 
 - Roger. The message is from Undersecretary Ball and Mr. Bundy advised that the Secretary of State and ALL passengers return to Washington immediately. Over.
- That is correct. Over and out.
- Okay. Thank you. 

T 1 – Patch 18
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- Start again please, the party is on.
- Be advised there’s another patch from Wayside. Do you with to break Command Post?
- Yea, break it.
- Yes sir.
- 86972, 86972, Andrews. 
- 972. Go ahead. 
- Roger sir, I have Crown on. Will you give him a call sir?
- Crown. Go ahead.
- This is Situation Room. Relay following to Wayside. We have report quoting Mr. Kilduff in Dallas that the President is dead. That he died about 35 minutes ago. Do you have that? Over. 
- The President is dead. Is that correct?
- That is correct. That is correct. New subject. Front Office desires plane return Washington with no stop Dallas. Over. 
- Wayside, copy. All okay. We return direct to Washington without stopping in Dallas.
- This is Situation Room, out. 

T 1 – Patch 19
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- Andrews, give me the Situation Room please.
- 972 Andrews, standby, one sir.
- Crown on.
- Situation Room please. 
- Thank you.
- (phone ringing) Yea?
- Is this the Situation Room?
- Yes.
- This is sideman, I have 972 on sideband for another patch sir.
- 972 again.
- This is Situation Room.
- Standby sir.
- 972, I read you.
- This is Situation Room. Over. 
- Situation Room, 972. Wayside would like to know the whereabouts of the Vice President. Over.
- Yes (Background conversation) Alright…He wants to know where the Vice President is in Dallas….right….
- Ah, Wayside, from Situation Room. The Vice President is in the hospital building, Parkland Hospital, in Dallas. He is not injured. I repeat, not injured. Over.
- I copy. I will call you right back.
- Right. 

T – 1 Patch 20
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- Andrews, 26000. Standby to take off.
- 26000.
- Andrews, 972, Command Central….
- Roger…..Command Post.
- I have 972 for a patch. 
- All right. Go ahead.
- 86972, Andrews, Command time, go ahead sir. 
- SAM Command, 86972, and we are returning directly to Washington, as latest instructions are to return direct to Washington from Hic Cup. Hic Cup is working up a flight plan and as quick as we can get the enroute time and on the ground time, we will give you an ETA Washington. 
- Roger, Roger 72. Can you give me your present ETA for Hickham?
- In about 45 minutes was the last one that I heard. It should be about twenty-thirty Zulu... I’ll get you a more accurate one if you’ll stick around a little bit.
- Zulu over.
- Roger, Roger. As far as you know right now you’re coming directly to Washington? Is that affirmed? 
- That is correct. Over.
- Roger 72. Give us any changes that you have sir.
- Okay, will do.
- 26000. Andrews.
- Loud and clear sir.
- Roger, you are both loud and clear. 
-I hear you both loud and clear.
- 26000, do you copy my teletype?
- 26000 is…outbound.
- Okay. He’s too busy over there. 
- Right.
- You might want to check with him to make sure that he’s getting through.
- Okay, standby.
- 26000. Andrews, coming up.
- 26000, check please.
- 26000 Andrews. Loud and clear.
- 26000 Andrews. Loud and clear.
- We’ll be moving out pretty soon. 
- 86972. Right sir. Standing by. 

T – 1 Patch 21
T 1 – 21

- 972 Andy, go ahead sir.
- Okay, we’re coming pretty close to Honolulu landing ah. I don’t know if we’ll be able to or not but I’m going to or not but I’m going to try to keep this equipment up, ah, but I’m not certain I’ll be able to do it. Understand that thirteen is pretty good. ….Is that correct? 
- This is Andrews. That is affirmed. 26000 is now getting ready to take off. He’s on One Three. If you standby, One, I’ll confer with Liberty and see what frequencies, in case you do drop out, what frequency we’ll have standing up on waiting for your call. 
- Okay, do that. Get them all set up. I might not be able to keep it open.
- Roger. Standby One. 
- Okay, Liberty? Yea, we got One Three and One Five up right now, besides this one going through you. I don’t know if One Three is going to be all tied up or not. And ah, what frequencies do you think you can have set up in case he drops out on so  he’ll know what frequencies we’re listening on? 
- I’ll be on One Eight, One Five and One Three. And we can hold him on one eight for a while because we got Newport Jerry up there. 
- Right. Do you have another one, a little bit lower maybe?
- We’ll drop down from one eight to one five to one three.
- How about Tripple One? 
- We have that too.
- Tripple lower?
- Ah, on the sideband.
- Okay, I’ll tell him we’ll be on eighteen, thirteen, fifteen and Triple One, all uppers, right? 
- All right.
- Except this one, we’re on lower.
- Go ahead.
- Okay.
- 86972, Andrews. 
- Roger, Andrews is going to be standing by and Liberty on Triple One upper, Triple One Seven Six upper, One Five Zero One One upper, One Five Zero One One upper, One Three Two Zero Four Seven upper and this frequency One eight zero two seven, lower, sir.
- Okay, very good, I’ll keep in touch.  
- Roger 

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-86972 Go ahead.
- Air Force Command Post, this is mission 139, mission One, Three, Niner, arriving Honolulu Two Two diagonal, Two Six, Zulu, ATV, Two One One five Zulu for Andrews, over.
- 86972, Roger, Andy, copy and standing by sir.
- Okay, I’ll be on this frequency and I’ll advise you when I leave it.
- Roger sir. 

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- Two Six Thousand. 26000
- Give me Crown please.
- Just a minute.
- Crown.
- 26000 for a patch.
- Roger.
- Crown on. Go ahead.
- Roger, Crown, 26000, will you get a patch with Jerry Behn please?
- Roger, stand by. 

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- 26000. Duplex  
-Standby One.
- Hello?
- Okay.
- Jerry?
- Hello?
- Go ahead.
- We’re at the airport 26000, everybody’s aboard.

END Reel 1, Side 1

LBJ Tape Reel 1 Side Two

- Duplex - Okay, go ahead. 
- We are waiting for the swearing in at the plane before take-off. 
- Of, the….That’s Volunteer? 
 - Roger. 
- Say again, Roy, say again. 
- We are waiting for a judge to appear for a swearing in.
- That’s for Volunteer, is that right? 
- Yes. We are having it done here before we takeoff Jerry.
- That’s an affirmative. Do you have any idea yet what Lace wants to do and what Volunteer wants to do on their arrival here?
- No. But I will call you back. (Suggest)…we have 2 hour 15 flight into Andrews. We have a full plane with at least 40.
- Okay, go ahead. 
- I’ll have to call you again as to body, however, I’m sure the Volunteer’s party will go over….(his car)....and so forth…we will….(need)….be there with several others….
- All right, let me know what Volunteer wants to do when they land. If they want to come into Crown by helicopter?
- That’s a roger, I’ll call you again.
- Okay. 

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- 26000, Andrews
- Okay, go ahead. 
- Stand by for…
- Okay give them a call. 
- Go ahead.
- Roger.
- Air Force Command Post
- Can you read me?
- 26000 go ahead.
- Can you give me Estimated Time of Departure from Dallas? Over. 
- From Dallas? Go ahead. 
- Would you repeat your estimated time of departure from Dallas? Over
- Roger. It could be estimate in the next ten minutes. Go ahead.
- Roger. Could you give me a call when you’re airborne? And can you give me any additional information? 
- Not at this time.
- Roger. Thank you.
- Will call on takeoff. 

T1 – Patch 26

- Andrews, Air Force One.
- Air Force One, Andrews, go ahead sir.
- Andrews,  Andrews Air Force Base. 
- Roger, standby. 
- Air Force Command Post….
- Air Force One, standby please. 
- Air Force One, Andrews. Give them a call please.
- Command Post, Air Force One, how do you read?
- Fine, (Roger) sir. Go ahead.
- ...Dallas... (20 Two – O)… Four seven (4-7) Zulu will call in a couple of minutes for (with ah) block time for Andrews
- Do you have an approximate block time, sir? 
- Ah, Well, two plus one zero go ahead.
- Two plus one zero. And do you have any passengers on board?
- Roger. Forty plus.
- Do you have Mrs. Kennedy on board?
- Affirmative. I’ll call you back, Command Post.
- All right, sir.  - Air Force One, Andrews. I have SAM Command Post standing by sir.
- Command Post, Air Force One, go ahead.
-  Stand By One Sir.
- Give Air Force One a call please.
- Air Force One. (SAM Command Post, go ahead).
- Roger, Roger. You called me, go ahead sir.
- (Sergeant) This is Colonel Hornbuckel in Operations. We have a request from staff officer
-  (to know if) Do you have Mr. Johnson and Mr. Kennedy’s body on board? 
- Okay, Air Force One. Affirmative on all those questions. Go ahead. 
- Roger, thank you very much. Out. 

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- Air Force One for a radio check.
- Air Force One, Andrews, loud and clear.
- Loud and clear, Liberty.
- Roger.
- Scott, loud and clear. 
- Air Force One, I have……standing by. 
- 26000 26000 SAM Command Post.  
- Air Force One, go ahead please.
- Roger, Air Force One, are you airborne at present? Are you airborne at present?
- Affirmative. Airborne at Two Zero Four Seven, 2047. Estimated time on the block at Andrews is Two Three Zero Five – (2305 go ahead). 
- Roger, Roger, I understand, (Departed at 2047, ETA (estimated time of arrival) Andrews, 2305, is that Charlie?
- That is Charlie.
- Roger, Roger Air Force One, SAM Command Post clear. 

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- Air Force Command Post, go ahead.
- I have Air Force One standing by, stand by please.
- Air Force One, give Command Post a call please.
- Command Post, Air Force One. 
- Go ahead Air Force One, this is Command Post. 
- Okay, departure 2-0-4-7, estimated time on the block Andrews 2-3-0-5, and we are rounding off at flight altitude 2-9-0. Over.
- Roger, understand. Standby One, please. 

T1 – Patch 29

- Go ahead.
- Air Force One, this is the Air Force Command Post. If possible, request the names of passengers on board please?
- We have forty plus. Go ahead.
- Forty people, is that affirmative? 
- That’s affirmative.
- Can you tell me in regards as to ah, one and two, the top people? 
- Roger. The president is on board, the body is on board, and Mrs. Kennedy is on board. 
- All right. Can you confirm once again your takeoff time and your estimated time of arrival at Andrews?
- Two Zero Four Seven (2047) take off time…Andrews, two three zero five. 
- Roger, thank you. This is the Air Force Command Post out. 

T1 – Patch 30

- Air Force One, Command Post.
- Roger.
- Roger 26000
- Air Force One, give me a shout please?
- Air Force One, standby sir.
- Crown? This is….on standby please.
- Air Force One, Andrews, give them a call please.
- Air Force One, Andrews, give them a call please.
- Air Force One, Andrews, give them a call please.
- Air Force One, Andrews, give them a call please.
- Crown, Air Force One.
- This is Crown, go ahead. 
 - We need a patch with Surgeon General of the Army Heaton. Go ahead. - Please repeat the message.
- We need a patch with General Heaton. H-E-A-T-O-N the Surgeon General. Heaton present whereabouts….
- Roger, Roger. That’s General Heaton, the Surgeon General of the Army. Over. 
- That is correct. 
- Roger, Roger, standby.
- Air Force One, Crown. Standby please. This is the general now, over.
- Command Post weather is 26000, please.
- Okay, Air Force One, standby.
- Roger.
- We’re in a patch right now….Air Force one, Air Force One, Andrews on One Five, I’ll Copy sir. 
- Yes, sir?
- You’ll have to hold on there. We’re in a long patch with the White House right now.
- Right, I’ll hold. 
 - Okay, sir.
- 26000
- One, Andrews.
- Roger sir…give them a call….
- Are we on….One…Eight….pick up on 14 meg….
- We could try…frequency do you have blocked out there ….13 -18…also….
- Roger and One, Five, Zero, One, One.
- Roger….is that correct?
- Roger, one of them is. The other is a backup and the other is gong to be busy in a couple of minutes. 
- Roger with the….
- Roger, very good.
- Roger, can you patch me with Air Force One please?
- Who is this please?
- This is Airman Stanz. 
- Standby, you are number three.
- Okay, right.  
- Will you call me back through Command Post
- Because this is taking quite a while and there’s no sense you holding onto the line….We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
- This is in regards to the Forecast….go ahead.
- Okay, right sir.
- Forecast….
- Say again.

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- Air Force One, Crown. Hello? 
- Give Crown a call please.
- Air Force One, this is Crown, do you read me? Over.
- Roger, Roger, Crown. Air Force One. 
- Hello?
- Air Force One, this is Crown. You were cut out. General Heaton is at Walter Reed Hospital. You will have to stand by just a moment or else let me call you back when I get him on the line. It will take about a minute to reach him. 
- Air Force One, Crown, do you Roger?
- Crown, Roger. Try and get General Heaton, and in the meantime, try to get the Deputy Surgeon General. We will talk to either one. Go ahead.
- This is Crown. Roger. Will you standby, and let me call you back? Over.
- This is very important.
- Roger. I’ll put an emergency on it and we will get him as soon as possible.
- Roger, Roger. 
- We are standing by.
- Roger.
- I’ll give you call in just a while. 
- Air Force One Roger.
- Air Force One, go ahead. 
- Air Force One, Crown. 
- Standby for a message. 
- This is Dr. Burkley
- (Did you hear?)
- Dr. Burkley, Dr. Burkley, this is Crown. You’re cutting out, you’re cutting out.
- You’ll have to repeat, over.
- This is Dr, Burkley.…I want to get in touch with General Heaton or General Heaton’s deputy. 
- Dr. Burkley, this is Crown. We are working as fast as possible trying to get the call through for you. He’s at Walter Reed. We are unable to locate. Still searching. Over.
- The Deputy must be in the General’s office over at the main Navy building.
- Roger, Roger. If you’ll standby, we’ll try to reach him.
- Market….This is Crown.You Roger? We’re trying to reach one of them. If you’ll standby, please. 
- All right. Roger. 
- Air Force One, on fifteen.
- Air Force One, loud and clear.
- Okay, do you have another line in to Crown?
- This is Andrews. Roger.
- Okay, go ahead. 
- Roger stand by One.

T1 – Patch 32
T1 - 32

LBJ Tape (11:45)

- (female switchboard operator). 
- Can you give me White House switchboard, please?
- Thank you. 
- Signal.
- Right….ah……
- Crown, are you still on?  I have Air Force One for a patch.
- Roger, Roger…Air Force One, Andrews, Crown is on, go ahead sir. 
- Air Force One Crown come in? 
- Air Force One, Crown is on go ahead sir.
- Call into Duplex please
- Roger, Roger, Locating
 - Air Force One Andrews Copy Andrews Sir 
- (Dots and dashes in background)
- Air Force One Andrews you are transmitting one three Sir
- Roger, Roger, how about the patch into Crown?
- Crown is on.
- Will you get a hold of Duplex for us please?
- Roger, Roger. Duplex is on the line, go ahead. 
- Digest
- Jerry? (Static) …Jerry we are arriving Andrews…eight oh five…rather….
- Have received.

T-1 P-33

- This is Duplex, this is Duplex.
- Duplex. Arrival Andrews, Six-Zero-Five, standby. 
- Ambulance to take Body to Walter Reed.
- Repeat please, Repeat please.
- Ambulance to transport body to Walter Reed. Over.
- Say again.
- Ambulance to Walter Reed, to transport body.
- Arrangements have been made for a helicopter for the Bethesda Naval Medical Center.
- Stand by Jerry we’ll have to get Berkley again.
- (Okay)

T1– Patch 34

- Air Force One, this is Duplex, go ahead.
-  Duplex is on. This is Dr. Burkley. What arrangements have been made with regard to the reception of the President? 
- Everybody aboard Air Force One, everyone aboard Air Force One, with the exception of the body, will be choppered into the South Ground. The body will be choppered to the Naval Medical Center at Bethesda. Over. 
- The body will be choppered or will go by ambulance to the Navy Medical Center
- Will be choppered, will be choppered.   
- I’ll call General Heaton and ask him to….Washington in regards to this. Would you call him and cancel the….have him go to Walter Reed….I didn’t know the arrangements were already made.
-  Say again, say again Doctor. 
- The body is in a casket you know, and it will have to be taken by ambulance and not by chopper.
- Alright. I’ll tell Captain Shepard that.
- Be sure to contact…..General Heaton.
- Say again doctor say again.
- Hello?
- Hello. Say again please?
- …Ambulance.
- Say again doctor.
- General Heaton is on, this is Admiral Burkley.
- Yes, Burkley?
- Air Force One.
- Yes? 
- Can you read me?
- I read you Admiral Burkley. 
- Hold for a minute, please. General Clifton here…
- Ah….this is General Clifton.
- Yes General Clifton?
- We do not want a helicopter for Bethesda Medical Center. We do want an ambulance and a ground return from Andrews to Walter Reed. And we want the regular post mortem that has to be done by law, under guard, performed at Walter Reed. Is that clear? Over. 
- That is clear General Clifton. You want an ambulance and a ah….another limousine at Andrews and you want the regular post mortem by law done at Walter Reed. 
- That is correct. Hold on for a minute. Over.
- I’ll hold on. 
- Air Force One?
- Air Force One, Andrews. Go ahead sir. 
- Okay, I think our patch was cut there on 13. 
- Air Force One, its still in progress, will you give the ground party a call sir.

Tape 1 – Patch 35
T-1 P-35

- How do you read Andrews?
- Hello? Jerry?
- Go ahead Heaton.
- Jerry, what arrangements have you made?  
- We have made no arrangements, but will follow through on what you just told me. An ambulance and a limousine at Andrews and in regards to the post mortem studies.
- General Heaton, will you kindly hold, we have arrangements already made. We will have to clear that before we make any further. 
- A limousine and ambulance at Andrews (background conversation).
- Air Force One, repeat your last transmission….
- Hello Andrews? This is Crown.
- Crown, go ahead. 
- Ah, we have Captain Shepard…here who also has evidently made some arrangements on the funeral and so forth here in Washington, and bringing the body back and so forth. He would like to get on and talk with Air Force One when General Heaton is finished. It might be possible to put him up on a conference so they can all make the arrangements together. I understand that Captain Shepard the Naval aide has made some arrangements also. So you might explain that to Air Force One and we can try to put them on a conference, if they like.
- Andrews, okay standby, we’ll advise Doctor Burkley. 

T1 – Patch 36
T1 – P-36

LBJ Tape Reel 1 Side 2

- Air Force One, Andrews. 
- Air Force One, Andrews.
-  Air Force One, Andrews.
- Crown?
- Air Force One, Liberty
- Andrews to Liberty, stand by One please.
- Liberty
- Liberty to Andrews, go ahead. 
- Did you copy the full 9-7-2 off of Hickman? 2-1-1-1 Zulu, estimated Andrews Zero Five Three Zero Zulu, ultimate…
- Liberty, Andrews, Roger.
- Forward that to Air Force One.
- Liberty, Andrews, Roger. 

T1 – Patch 37

LBJ Tape Reel 1 Side 2 - Patch 37 

- Go ahead, Duplex is on one, sir.
- Air Force One, Andrews. Give your party a call.
- Okay, Duplex, Duplex, this is Watchman.
- …Over.
- Go ahead Watchman. Over.
- Duplex, this is Watchman.
- I understand that ambulance to take Mrs. Kennedy to Bethesda is this correct? Over.
- Watchman. It has been arranged to helicopter, helicopter the body to Bethesda Over
- This is Watchman. Okay if it isn’t dark. What about the First Lady? Over.
- Everybody else aboard, everybody else aboard, it has been arranged to helicopter into the South Grounds.
- Watchman…helicopter operation will work because we have a very heavy casket. Over.
- Ah, according to Witness,
-….. yes.
- This is Watchman. Don’t take a chance on that. Also have a mortuary type ambulance stand by in case the helicopter doesn’t work. 
- That’s affirmative. Over.
- That’s affirmative. I receive.
- Now some other instructions. Listen carefully. We need a ramp, a normal ramp at the front of the aircraft, on the right hand side, just behind the pilot’s cabin in the galley. We are going to take the First Lady off by that route. Over do you understand?
- I receive. Affirmative. 
- Also, by the right rear, on no, the left rear, the left rear of the aircraft, where we usually dismount, disembark, we will need a fork lift rather than a ramp because it will be too awkward. We will need a platform to walk out on, and a fork lift to put it on. Is that possible? Over.
- Say again, say again Watchman.
- I say again. The casket is in the rear compartment, and we suggest, because it is so heavy, that we have a fork lift, a fork lift there to remove the casket. But if this is too awkward, we can go along with a normal ramp and several men. Over.
- Affirmative. We will try for the fork lift.
-  All right. Next item. Duplex, Duplex. Ah ….The press, according to Mr. Johnson, the press is to have a normal…at Andrews field, and he is going from there by helicopter to the White House. Over.
- Say again, Watchman, say again please.
- Watchman, this is Duplex, say again.
- The press, the normal corral, it will have to be in front of the aircraft, because that is where President Johnson will come off. Okay?
- Watchman this is Duplex. Will you say that all over again please?
- Duplex this is Watchman. I say again. On the right front, a ramp for Mrs. Kennedy, on the left rear, if possible, a fork lift for the casket, and in the right front, near the pilot, a normal ramp…..Over.
- Say again, Watchman, you’re breaking.
- (non-broadcast communications – someone else behind radio operator) I got that, on the left front, I got that, normal ramp for President Johnson…on the left front…press arrangements…all right.
- Did everybody get that clear? Over.
- That is affirmative.
- Hold One, Tillerman would like to talk to you.
- Watchman, Watchman, Standby One. Are you there?
- Watchman, Watchman, this is Duplex.
- Duplex, this is Watchman, Over. Go ahead.
- Watchman, should the Secretary of Defense and others be at Andrews on your arrival?
- No, I am about, no negative. Have them call the White House. President Johnson wants to meet with the White House staff, the leadership of Congress, and as many of the Cabinet members as possible at the White House as soon as we get there, approximately eighteen thirty - one, eight, three, zero. Over.
- Will you say again please…
- I got it.
- You got it?
- (unbroadcast communications) President Johnson is supposed to meet as many of the cabinet members at the White House at 1830.
- This is Watchman. Did you get it all? Members of the White House staff. Also the leadership of Congress. Also as many Cabinet members as available at the White House at 1830. Over.
- That is affirmative Watchman. That is affirmative. 
- Repeat that to me. 
- All the leaders of Congress, as many Cabinet members as possible at the White House at 1830
- The key members of the White House staff. That is Bundy, Sorrensen, ettcetera.
- That is correct.
- Okay. 

T-1 – Patch 38

LBJ Library Tape  Reel 1 Side 2 - Patch 38

- Digest to Duplex, come in.
- Go ahead Digest, this is Duplex.
- …sir.
- ...helicopter transportation for President Johnson.
- Air Force One, Andrews.
- Air Force One, this is Andrews. Can you change position, you have a bad microphone.
- Okay, how’s this?
- Air Force One, Roger. Go ahead with your traffic now sir. 
- Go ahead, Digest, this is Duplex.
- Again, I repeat, three helicopters to transport people to the White House lawn. Okay?
- That is affirmative. 
- Digest Digest, this is Duplex, say again.
- Did you read that?
- Digest, Digest, this is Crown. Repeat.
- I understand you are ordering two cars. Is that right?
-Request you change position. You are coming in completely busted.
- How’s This.
- Roger, okay. White House 102 and 405x, for transportation to Navy hospital, okay? 
- That is affirmative.
- That’s a Roger. I am keeping ah….will join Hill and his party at the Navy Hospital. Okay?
-That is affirmative.
- Digest, this is Duplex. You accompany the body aboard the helicopter?
- Roger, request, I was unable to get a hold of…….and Bob Burke…. (break in tape – midsentence)

END (LBJ Library) Tape 1, Side 2 (30:57)

BEGIN (LBJ Library) Tape 2 – Side 1

Tape 1 – Patch 39
T1 – P-39

- Now….
- Roger, Roger.
- Hello? (Women’s voice)
- Just a moment, Mrs. Kennedy.
- Just one moment now please.
- ….are you up?
- Hello? (Mrs Kennedy)
- Just one moment now please.
- Standby One now please. 
- One, Air Force One, Air Force One, from Crown, come in.
- Crown, this is Air Force One, do you read us? Over.
- I’m reading you loud and clear.
- Are you ready for Volunteer? Go ahead. 
- Yes, we are ready, can you put her on and I’ll turn you over to him, over.
- Roger, Roger, she is coming now.
- Air Force One from Crown. Mrs. Kennedy on, go ahead please.
- Hello, Mrs. Kennedy? Hello Mrs. Kennedy, we are talking from the airplane, can you hear me all right? Over.
- Hello?
- Yes, Mrs. Kennedy, I have….could hear you.
- Mrs. Kennedy?
- Yes, Yes Mr. President, Yes?
- I wish to God there was something I could do. And I want to tell you that we are grieving with you.
- Yes, well thank you very much. Thank you very much. I know, I know that you loved Jack and that he loved you.
- (Lady Bird) Mrs. Kennedy….we…..together….We……son…..
- Thank you Lady Bird, thank you very much. Goodbye.
- …. In our prayers ….all of you.
- All right. Thank you very much. Goodbye, Goodbye, Goodbye.
(Phone hangs up).
- Crown, Crown, this is Warrior. I think that’s it.
- It’s over. Is that a Roger? Over.
- That’s a Roger, Warrior. Mrs. Kennedy has hung up. Go ahead.
- Now can you give me that patch to Walter Jenkins (in President Johnson’s office)?
- (Roger) Stand by One.

Tape 1– Patch 40

LBJ Library Tape Reel 2 Side One

- Crown, now will you get me that patch to Walter Jenkins in President Johnson’s office? Over.
- Roger, Standby One.
- And Crown, get somebody to come up on the Charlie set please?
- Liberty to Air Force One, are you on Nine? 
- Roger, I still have…standing by for Warrior. 
- Okay, bring him up on Nine, please. Crown, give Air Force One a call now.
- Air Force One, Air Force One, this is Crown, come in.
- Air Force One, Andrews, Crown is on, go ahead.
- Air Force One, Andrews, Crown is on, give them a call please.
- Crown, this is Warrior, do you read me? Over.
- Roger Warrior, this is Crown, standby for Winner. Go ahead. 
 - That’s a Roger, you are loud and clear.
- Warrior, Warrior, Winner is on, go ahead. 
- Winner, this is Warrior, do you read me? Over.
- I read you.
- Winner, that first meeting will be Bundy and McNamara only. The President will meet with Rusk, U.S. Senators….probably going to be a different, be a different ah event….ah.
- I read you.
- Did you read that Winner?
- Yes, Yes.
- Crown, Crown, this is Warrior, do you read me? Over.
- Yes I do Warrior, I read you.
- ….aboard….I need Crown back again. I need Crown back again. Over.
- Yes, over and out. And I’ll….
- Crown
- Liberty?
- Crown?
- Yes?
- Roger, give Air Force One a call please. 
- Roger. Air Force One, Air Force One, this is Crown, come in. Air Force One, this is crown, come in. 
- Air Force One do you read me, come in?
- Crown, Crown, this is Warrior, do you read me? Over.
- Warrior, this is Crown, ah Roger, you are at Five Five, go ahead.
- Will you get me a patch with Mister Walter Jenkins….ah, at President Johnson’s office. Over.
- Roger, Warrior, standby. 
- Kill this call! Kill this call! I think we are overlapping on another call. Over.
- Roger. 

T1 – Patch 41

- This is Warrior. I mean Crown. This is Warrior on Air Force One. Go ahead.
- Roger, Roger. On your request for Jenkins, he is on route to Andrews, on route to your destination. Go ahead.
- That’s a Roger Crown. I will pass that word on.

T1– Patch 42

- Air Force One, Volunteer would like a patch to the Governor Connally…that’s Governor Connally of Texas. Mrs. Connally, the Governor’s wife. Go ahead.
- Volunteer would like a patch with Mrs. Connally, Governor Connally’s wife. Is that a Roger?
- That is a Roger.
- Roger, Roger, standby one.
- Roger, we have Dallas on the line and are trying to contact her now. Standby please.
- Standing by.
- Crown, come in.
- ….so far….
-  Roger, Roger that’s right, Standby One.
- Crown to Air Force One
- Air Force One from Crown. The Connally residence in Dallas is on the line, on the line, and Mrs. Connally is available to speak with Mister Johnson if he can get to the phone patch. Go ahead.
- Roger, he wants specifically to speak with her. Go ahead. 
- Roger, standby just a moment. AF One, AF One from Crown, will you put Volunteer on please? Mrs. Connally is on the line, standing by for his call.
- Standby One.
- Can you hear me?
- …..reassuring….the surgeon….speaking about John….is so reassuring…how about it…..(static)
- I can’t hear you too well.
-…Can you hear me? (Volunteer/LBJ)
- Yes.
- (LBJ) I know that everything is going to be all right, isn’t it?
- (Nellie Connally) Yes, it’s going to be all right.
- God bless you darlin’.
- The same to you.
- …for me….
- Good luck.
- Goodbye.
- Goodbye.
- Goodbye.
- Air Force One, Andrews, Go ahead. Crown
- Roger, we have an echo. Is that you or down the line?
- I believe it is down the line, sir. Call….
- Air Force One.
- Air Force One. Crown. Go ahead.
- Roger. That about completes it for now.
- If you could standby Air Force One, we have a couple of people down the line who would like to talk to you, if you could standby.

T1 Patch 43

- Roger, go ahead.
- Command Post.
- Air Force One, go ahead Command Post.
- Air Force Command Post.
- Go ahead Command Post, Air Force One.
- 3-7-3 (departing at) … 2-1-4-1 Zulu.
- Roger, do you copy?
- ….this information passed to…
- ….(Ah, roger, and ah,) who does this information go to? Go ahead.
- Say again?
- (Roger)…Who is this information passed to, go ahead?
- Air Force One, Air Force One. [This is] (Air Force Command Post over.)
- (Command Post, Air Force One) I read you loud and clear. I understand Three, Three (“373”) departed at Two One Four One (2141). Who do you wish to notify about this? Go ahead.
- Ah, it is very clear sir that the time of departure is… (the one) …. with the president cars on board. 
- Roger, will pass that …know where that goes now.
- Thank you.
- Okay, will you call Command Post and request two, scratch that, four air police meet the airplane? We want two in the front of the airplane and two in the rear. Go ahead.
- Air Force One. You are requesting four staff cars, two staff cars with air police, two in front and two in the rear. Is that correct?
- We don’t want cars, we want air police. We want security people, we want four of them. Two at each door of the airplane. Go ahead.
- Air Force One, Andrews. Roger. Will abide. SAM.
- Roger, thank you.

T1 – Patch 44

- A F One, A F One from Crown, come in. 
- Crown, Air Force one, go ahead.
- Roger, Roger, stand by for a patch from Tanker, Tanker
- Roger.
- A F One, A F One, Tanker on the line. Go ahead Tanker.
- Hello Andrews, hello Andrews, may I speak with Watchman or Tiger, Watchman or Tiger? Over.
- Watchman on another line. Stand by for Tanker.
- Standing by for Tiger.
- Tiger, how do you read?
- Five by Five, Tiger, Five by Five. I have been informed from Dallas that it was desired that the aircraft be parked at an isolated spot when you arrive here. However, Watchman had a long discussion with ah, Behn, and nothing about that was mentioned. And the present plan on the ground here is to spot you at the regular place, unless Watchman says now that this is not desired. Over.
- I believe that we would park at the regular place, Tiger. Where did you get that information down at Dallas? Over.
- It was from the U.S. A F Command Post agent there. And I understand from him that you had told him to do this. Over.
- We told him to look into that. We were going to discuss it in flight. Go ahead with the regular plan and park in the regular place. Ask…..to get in touch with you and pass on instructions to him. We need steps to the right front of the aircraft. The press box will be on the left front of the aircraft, and President Johnson will deplane at the front of the aircraft. And we need a fork lift at the rear of the aircraft….will deplane on the right side. Over.
- Understand.Tiger. Understand those instructions, and they have all been carried out. We will continue with the plan to spot you in the regular place. There will be a ramp left front, a ramp right front, a fork lift left rear, press area left front. Over.
- Keep in touch. Roger and out.

T1 – Patch 45

- Crown, patch …call anybody you want.
- Roger.
- A F One, A F One, from Crown.
- Crown, A F One. Go ahead.
- Roger, Roger. Could you pass this to Wing. Pass this to Wing, that on his message to Slugger, Slugger was still in Dallas, still in Dallas, and has been advised to contact Wing as soon as he possibly can.
- Roger, Air Force One, copy. Will pass.
- Roger, Roger. Crown out for now. Do you have anything further A F One?
- Roger, Standby One, we have another patch for Warrior.

T1 – Patch 46

- Crown? Give Air Force One a call.
- Air Force One, Crown, go ahead.
- Okay, I need Capitol Four, Three, Two, Nine, One, extension Four, Nine Three.
- Four, Three, Two, Nine, One, extension Four, Nine Three.
- Roger, Roger. Understand. Anyone particular there?
- Roger, anyone at that number.
- Roger, Roger, standby.
- A. F. One, A. F.
……..from Crown, was that extension Four, Nine Three
- That is affirmative. Congressman Thomas’ office.
- Say again the Congressman’s name, as they say they have no such extension.
- Congressman Thomas. Hotel, Oscar, Biker, Alpha, Sierra.
- Roger, Roger, standby, Congressman Thomas’ office on the line.
- Roger, this is the airplane. The congressman is requesting that you place his door key under, ah….the doormat of his ah… residence. Go ahead.
- (Women’s voice) Okay. Hello?
- Hello? Did you hear me? Are you there?
- There will be someone at the residence.
- I understand the house will be open and there will be someone at the residence. Is that correct?
- Hello. This is Crown. I understand that the residence will be occupied and there will be someone at the residence.
- Okay, fine Crown. Thank you very much.
- Roger, Crown out.

T1 – Patch 47

- Andrews, will you check on the ground temperatures when you get a moment?
- Roger.
- The last …was if Volunteer was aboard? Go ahead.
- Just a moment.
- Andrews, the temperature, the present temperature is 64 degrees.
- Okay.
- Crown. What will the temperature be at Zulu time.
- Zulu?
- Make it 62.
- 63?
- 62.
- 62. Got it.

T1 – Patch 48

- Will have to rescind …...
- ...Yes, yes, we’re not going to be able to rescind…we only get them on one circuit now.
- Oh, I see. We’ll just notify the people.
- All right, thank you very much….
- This is Liberty. Roger.
- Air Force One, Andrews.
- Air Force One. Go ahead.
- Roger, Present temperature is 64 degrees. 2300 forecast, Six two degrees.
- Roger. Thank you.

T1 – Patch 49
T1- P-49

- Air Force one. Will you give me the Command Post please?
- Roger, sir.
- Air Force Command Post…
- Sideband…Air Force One for a patch.
- Roger, Stand by for Air Force One.
- Air Force One, Command Post. Go ahead….
- Roger Command Post, Air Force One, we checked Crown Royal at 2242, and are descending…remains 2305, go ahead.
- Roger. Air Force One. Command Post…
- (women’s voice) … (unintelligible)
- Standby…ah, he’s on the television set right now.
- (women’s voice) It’s very important.
- Who’s calling please?
- …. in Dallas.
- Can you standby? Over.
- This is Air Force One. Warrior is unable to speak with you at the present time, and asks you if you will please call the White House in about 30 minutes.
- Roger. Out.
- Roger. 

T1– Patch 50
T1 P-50

- Andrews, this is Air Force One.
- Air Force One. Go ahead.
- Can you give me Air Force Command Post please?
- SAM Command Post. Captain Benson.
- Roger, sideband on Air Force Once for a patch.
- Okay, go ahead.
- Roger, Air Force One, Andrews, SAM Command Post on, go ahead.
- Roger. Do you have an ET on the C130 with the vehicles?
- Negative, sir. Haven’t heard a thing.
- Ah, okay, right, thank you.
- We will check it out.

T1– Patch 51
T1 – 51

- Air Force Command Post…sir.
- Sideband from Air Force One coming in.
- White House (operator)
- Standby for Air Force One.
- Roger.
- Go ahead Andrews.
- Command Post, Air Force One landed Andrews at Two Three Zero Zero.
- Roger…2300
- Loud and clear.
- Andrews, make it ah….Zero Four please.
- Air Force One, Andrews, arrived on the block at Zero Four.
- Good day sir.
- Thank you. 


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