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Independence Day - The President Flying?
I have no problem that the President of the United States is in a plane fighting aliens, but I do have a problem with the call sign. I can see how his call sign is Eagle 1, but I believe that any plane that the President is in automatically changes it's call sign to Air Force One. If you'd like an example of this, go watch the movie Air Force One and pay attention to the end, when they answer the question if they have the president.
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Lt. Yummy on 07-18-2002
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piratetv writes:
Any air force plane the president is on is called Air Force 1 unless its not an air force plane ex. Navy 1 possibly marine 1
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OKflyboy writes:
I see where you're going with this, but remember, "Eagle 1" is has call sign, not his Aircraft's designation. Now his Aircrafts designation (or perhaps tail number) would then become Air Force One (or Navy 1, etc)
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nomad762 writes:
"Air Force One" is the air traffic control callsign of any US Air Force aircraft carrying the US President. It could be argued that, in this movie, the President's call sign should have been "Navy One" since he was flying a Navy F/A-18. However, since air traffic control callsigns and combat callsigns are not always the same, I don't know that this is really a slip-up.
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Paradox writes:
Good catch, but you have to remember; these are advanced aliens, who no doubt can listen into all radio chatter and determine who is who. They probably already know Air Force One carries the most important man on the planet (in this case it would be Marine One, due to it being a Marine Corp F/A-18), but that Eagle 1 is just the call sign of some kind of flight commander. Therefore, it's only logical for security reasons to name him something ambiguous and not unique. But it'a already unrealistic, seeing as nobody would let the President get anywhere near that battle in the first place, but hey, it's a movie, needs some kind of strong message to pass along.
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Anonymous writes:
When the President flies with the Air Force, that plane then becomes Air Force One, with the Marines it's Marine One and so on. That isn't really a slip up, because he's flying himself.
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