This image of Air Force One depicts the aircraft’s tail number as “N166ER”, a combination of letters and numbers that can be read as a well-known racist epithet.
Given that the epithet is commonly directed against African-Americans, using such a tail number on African-American President Barack Obama’s official aircraft would, of course, be a very unfortunate and embarrassing blunder.
Not surprisingly, however, the supposed tail number is the result of a malicious prankster’s work in an image manipulation application such as Photoshop. In fact, the tail numbers on Air Force One jets bear no resemblance to the one shown in the above image.
There are currently two Air Force One jets in use, one with the tail number 28000 and the other with tail number 29000.
Tail numbers assigned to civilian planes do start with the letter “N” and are commonly referred to as “N-Numbers”. However, military aircraft do not use the N-Number system and have tail numbers that do not start with “N”.
Information on the White House website notes:
Technically, Air Force One is used to describe any Air Force aircraft carrying the President — but since the middle of the 20th century, it has been standard practice to refer to specific planes that are equipped to transport the Commander-in-Chief. Today, this name refers to one of two highly customized Boeing 747-200B series aircraft, which carry the tail codes 28000 and 29000. The Air Force designation for the aircraft is VC-25A.
Subject: Fw: “Air Force One” Tail Number
“Air Force One” Tail Number
I bet they change it!
I bet they do too, or have already.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!