Listen to Air Force One on the day JFK died

Here is the declassified audio transmission from Air Force One in the panicky hours after the assassination of JFK on November 22, 1963.

According to the National Archives:

The recording includes references to new code names and incidents. Among them are a private conversation by head of the Secret Service Jerry Behn about the disposition of the President’s body; an expanded conversation about how to remove the body from the plane and where to take it; an urgent effort by an aide to Air Force Chief of Staff Curtis LeMay to reach General Clifton; and attempts to locate various Congressmen from Texas.

5 comments

  1. John Kirsch says:

    I seem to remember a flurry of interest some time ago about the claim that someone on air force one mentioned the name Joseph Milteer (a well known figure in the JFK literature). Did anyone ever find out if that claim was credible or not?

    • No one on Air Force One mentoined Milteer. There is however an audiotape of him talking with an FBI informant about how JFK might be assassinated with a rifle from an office building.

  2. Alan Dale says:

    Hey, fellas…

    Here’s a more direct link bypassing some Looney business:

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-NARA-JFK-ASSASSINATION-AUDIO/content-detail.html

    My only thought about the Milteer claim is that “Military” might be misconstrued as something else. Otherwise, I’ve not heard anything about that.

  3. Bill Kelly says:

    Thanks for the direct link Alan, and here’s some links to all of the tapes, accompanying transcripts, codes and articles I’ve posted on the subject at my blog that you might find interesting:

    http://jfkcountercoup2.blogspot.com/2013/03/index-to-jfkcc-blog-entries-on-af1.html

    • Alan Dale says:

      Fantastic resource. Your work compiling all of those materials is extremely valuable and appreciated. Excellent work, Bill.

      Thank you.

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