This is Joel Cohen – Co-Author of Air Force One: The Final Mission. Decided it is time to jot down thoughts for readers in answer to question. The other half of Co-Authorship – Michael Cohen is my youngest son a businessman, husband and father as well. The two of us took five years from our lives to compile the text and video for immortalizing Air Force One’s final resting place. Five years may seem like a long time – it passes quickly – and certain was worth every second.
During compilation, we met some of the most compelling personalities and hard-working Americans. A few of the characters we encountered appear to have tough exteriors at first blush; however, we got to know these men and women intimately and can attest they have enriched our lives. Whether tatted from neck to ankle or talking like old salts and needing to say a few hail Mary’s these talented career engineers and mechanics made Air Force One: The Final Mission the work it is today. And, they are in good company, because the Presidential input and First Lady commentaries are stellar as well. But, we extend a special kudos to the engineers and mechanics who took special care of this piece of history and shared an extensible knowledge base with the two of us to share with you.
The engineering and mechanic team were trusted to take apart the Presidential Boeing 707 (SAM27000) bolt by bolt. There was “no” cutting or ripping or parts off the plane. The official mandate was, “Separate and categorize parts.” This way, when the plane was reconstructed, assurances were in place for a perfected assembly. There are no classically funny remaining pieces left on the deck for this disassembly and reconstruction project. 🙂
The powers that be took a year and a half locating the right people to perform essential work in the creation of Air Force One’s final resting place. It took three months to disassemble her, and another 1.5 years to build the house. The remaining three months involved reconstructing SAM27000 her for this “Final Mission.” It was during this process, Michael and I documented the project with our two cameramen. We remained glued to our laptops in order to write this story. If not writing, we were positioned in front of and behind cameras taking still photographs.
Once the project was complete – Air Force One was housed at the Ronald Reagan Air Force One Pavilion (Ronald Reagan Library) Simi Valley, California for all to see. Air Force One: The Final Mission shares an educational, sometimes scary, celebration of this piece of Americana, which remains an awe inspiring once in a lifetime event.
Through our blog – we will form more of the back story and feel it will be entertaining, heart-rendering as well as historically significant. We intend to identify tidbits we could not put in the book. And, our hope is you will join us. We intend for our readers to find future posts as interesting as we did developing this title.
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