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Was that “Air Force One” flying over Niceville? [PHOTOS]

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The Presidential aircraft is commonly known as “Air Force One,” although that radio call sign is reserved exclusively when the President of the US is aboard any US Air Force aircraft.

Yes, that was a Presidential plane we saw over Niceville this week! The Boeing 747 aircraft, which circled the city before landing at Eglin Air Force Base, is one of two VC-25As assigned to the Presidential Airlift Group.

The VC-25A is commonly known as “Air Force One,” although that radio call sign is reserved exclusively when the President of the US is aboard any US Air Force aircraft.

The aircraft that landed at Eglin was completing a maintenance cycle and is undergoing an operational testing regimen before being certified to return to Presidential Service.

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A Boeing 747 VC-25A sits on the flightline April 19 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

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The aircraft is one of two VC-25As assigned to the Presidential Airlift Group, 89th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The VC-25A is commonly known as “Air Force One,” although that radio call sign is reserved and used exclusively when the President of the U.S. is aboard any U.S. Air Force aircraft.

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This aircraft was completing a maintenance cycle and is undergoing an operational test regimen before being certified to return to Presidential service.

Photos by Ilka Cole, Team Eglin Public Affairs

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