The following are the presidential aircraft call signs (meaning the air traffic control name given to any aircraft carrying the president).
- Perhaps the most well-known call sign is Air Force One, the Air Force plane carrying the president.
- Any helicopter the president is on is called Marine One.
- If the president is on a U.S. Navy aircraft it is called Navy One.
- Coast Guard One would be the call sign for a president on a Coast Guard aircraft. A president has yet to be on one of these aircrafts so the call sign has not been used.
Do you see the pattern? The call signs are determined on whatever military service possesses the aircraft (Air Force, Navy, etc…). An exception to this is if the president is traveling by a commercial (civil) aircraft. The call sign would be Executive One. If the aircraft is carrying the vice president, the call signs would be the same except Two would replace the One.
[Zim’s note: I highly recommend the Harrison Ford movie Air Force One, not so much for the accurate details of the plane or the governmental guidelines in case of a presidential hijacking, since it is a fictionalized action movie. I recommend it mostly for the great movie quotes such as “If this works, you get to be Postmaster General” or the more famous quote “GET OFF MY PLANE!”]