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Obama's first flight on Air Force One; National Geographic Channel special Sunday night "On Board Air Force One."

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WASHINGTON--"Air Force One" is not the name of a specific plane; rather it is the air traffic signal for a plane with the president on board. When then President elect Obama took his first official flight--from Chicago to Andrews Air Force Base--he was on one of two jumbo jets recognized around the world as "Air Force One." When he met the pilot, Col. Scott Turner, he told him he look "right out of central casting.....like Sam Shepard in "The Right Stuff." The National Geographic Channel on Sunday night at 7 p.m. Chicago time premieres "On Board Air Force One."

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