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2013 JFK Facts scoop #3: the Air Force One tapes


On Oct. 19, I reported on the first public airing of restored and enhanced recordings of communciations to and from Air Force One on the afternoon of November 22, 1963. My story, “Enhanced Air Force One tapes capture a top general’s response to JFK’s murder,”  was soon picked up by other national news sites.

The story was one of three scoops scored by JFK Facts in 2013.

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Where was Gen. Curtis LeMay on Nov. 22, 1963?

Doug Horne, former Chief Analyst for Military Records for  the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB), writes with a comment/correction on our Oct. 19 story, “Enhanced Air Force One tapes capture a top general’s response to JFK’s murder.”

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Audio engineer on the trail of a missing JFK tape from 50 years ago

When audio engineer Ed Primeau learned in 2011 about a previously unknown recording of radio communications to and from Air Force One on November 22, 1963, he volunteered his own time and expertise to enhance the tape for public consumption.

Air Force One

Air Force One on the evening of November 22, 1963 (Mary Ferrell Foundation)

That was the day the President John F. Kennedy was shot dead on a Dallas street and the new President Lyndon Johnson and First Lady Jackie Kennedy flew back to Washington with JFK’s body.

“I thought this could really be exciting,” Primeau said in a phone interview. “I’ve always been fascinated by history and the JFK conspiracy questions.”

Primeau, known nationally for his work analyzing recordings heard in the Trayvon Martin murder trial, worked with JFK researcher Bill Kelly at no charge to enhance the tape.

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What we still don’t know

My piece in the print edition of the Sunday, Oct. 27 issue of the Dallas Morning News .

What we still don’t know about JFK’s assassination

Two things we don’t know: The whereabouts of certain CIA files related to the murder of the president and the whereabouts of the complete Air Force One tapes from November 22, 1963.

From my piece, What we still don’t know about JFK’s assassination, in the Dallas Morning News.

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Enhanced Air Force One tapes capture a top general’s response to JFK’s murder

JFK and Curtis LeMay

The most complete version of the Air Force One radio transmissions made on the day President John F. Kennedy was killed 50 years ago were aired publicly for the first time today at a JFK assassination conference at Duquesne University.

The 88-minute recording, available online here, captures the reaction of top U.S. government officials, including ultra-conservative Air Force Gen. Curtis LeMay, to the news that JFK had been shot in Dallas.

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