Saturday, March 24, 2012

Forensic Study of AF1 Radio Transmission Tapes

Re: Air Force One Radio Transmission Tapes – AF1RT Project – The need for a proper and complete Forensic Study.

The Air Force One radio transmission tapes from November 22, 1963 provide a unique window into the key characters and events that occurred on the day the President was assassinated.

Although the original, complete and unedited tapes are the single most significant government assassination record still being withheld from the public, the existing tapes that we do have give a gripping account of events as they happened, and show us how those in the government reacted to those events.

Besides the tapes officially released by the LBJ Library in the late 1970s, we now have the longer, but still edited tapes discovered among the effects of President Kennedy’s Air Force Aide Gen. Clifton, who can be heard talking on the tapes.

Nathan Raab, the current owner of the Air Force One Radio Transmission Tape that they obtained from the estate of General Clifton, suggested on the Raab Collection web page that a forensic study of the existing Air Force One Radio Tapes could extract much more information, and Doug Horne, the former chief analyst for military records for the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) concurs.

In a Review Board memo Horne wrote: “As a result of our review of the LBJ library’s edited and condensed version of the Air Force One tapes, many noteworthy observations were made which clearly justify ARRB’s pursuit of the unedited versions of these audiotapes, or of other records which could shed light on the ambiguities inherent in the incomplete and intriguing record constituted by these taped conversations. These “investigative leads” are summarized below in no particular order or priority, and regardless of how they are eventually resolved or clarified, any assassination records which could shed light on these sometimes confusing and controversial passages belong in the JFK Collection at NARA.”

So far three major media journalists have reported on the issue, the AP wire service reporter who broke the story of the Clifton tapes, a Boston Globe blogger who wrote about them and TV host, Piers Morgan, who did a show on the subject.

Max Holland has also written a book The Kennedy Assassination Tapes, which was published before the discovery of the Clifton tapes, and fails to deal with any of the substansive issues, and the documentary film The First 24 Hours also features excerpts from the Air Force One tapes, but also fails to mention the most significant conversations on the tapes.

Although there are many issues that must be reviewed on the overall subject of the AF1 radio tapes, most general interest has centered around the two short references to General LeMay, one of President Kennedy’s most powerful adversaries in the military.

There are however, dozens of other issues that are either mentioned on the existing tapes tapes or missing from the tapes, though we know about them from those who have read transcripts of the unedited tapes.

Many of the issues can be understood, many of the outstanding questions can be answered, and the living witnesses should be interviewed while they are still alive and we have the opportunity to question them.

Just as KODAK and their film specialists worked on the Zapruder film “Pro Bono” for the Assassination Records Review Board, and ITEK did work for CBS, I believe we will be able to find a reputable and capable acoustical lab to undertake a professional analysis of the two existing AF1 radio tapes, which would necessitate access to the original tapes at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the Raab Collection.

That the NARA would cooperate in this task is confirmed by the records of their agreeing to the additional testing of CD 567, all arguments that support the further testing of any evidence in the case that can lead to a better understanding of the assassination.

Such a forensic analysis of the audio tapes could tell us approximately how long the original tapes were/are, where edits and splices exist on the tapes, place the patched conversations into proper sequence, eliminate static and noise, and decipher conversations that are going on in the background and not meant for broadcast.

In addition, all of those talking on the tapes should be identified, as well as all the subjects they are talking about.

Most importantly, the two tapes can be combined to form one seemless flow that can be broken down into sections and interrupted for commentary and analysis.

In the course of composing my transcript, I broke the original cassette tapes I had into Tape I – Side A and B and Tape II Side A and B, and then broke the information on the tapes into “Patches” of conversations, giving each patch a number.

Since some patches are very short and others very long and containing conversations on a number of subjects by a number of different people, I suggest that the numbered patches be broken down further into separate subjects for further detailed analysis.

As the Clifton Tapes are broken into two parts – and the LBJ Tapes into four parts, they should be combined as they are enhanced, so that in the end we have one, very clear tape of all the extant conversations with that tape time-sequenced.

This combined tape can then be edited with annotated commentary.

The best way to convey this story is by radio. It is an audio tape, and the audio speaks volumes, and makes for easy inclusion in a documentary, which could probably be best marketed via PBS, BBC or some non-commercial, national outlet.

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Summary of “Investigative Leads”:

I - LeMay – Issues. 1) Was he in Michigan? 2) If so, how did he get across the lake to Wiarton, Canada? 3) Hornbuckle, on behalf of the “Chief of Staff” (LeMay) asked where “the body” was. How did LeMay communicate that question to Hornbuckle and why? 4) We may assume that LeMay changed the pick up point from Tornonto to Wiarton because it was closer to where he was, but why did LeMay change his destination from Andrews to DC National? 5) What was the urgent message Col. Dorman tired to get to LeMay? 6) Why were the LeMay references edited out of the officially released tape?
7) Are there any photos of Col. Dorman and Gen. LeMay together?

II – Can the original unedited tapes be located, and where should the quest begin? WHCA, Collins Radio, Cedar Rapids, Iowa? Other?

III – What were the radios and stations involved and where were they?
1) Planes: AF1, AF2, Cargo plane with cars, Press Plane, 86972, Looking Glass, Speckled Trout, C-140 LeMay, Other?
2) Base Stations: Fish Bowl, Collins Radio, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Hickham, Hawaii; White House (Crown), Sit Room at Crown; State Dept base station (Ex. Office Bldg?), Gerry Behn’s Secret Service Office, SAM – Special Air Mission Command Post, SAC Com Post, Strategic Air Command Post Offut AFB, Nebraska; Andrews AFB Operations Center; WHCA – and their field bases at Dallas (Sheritan); Parkland; Love Field (AF1); Trade Mart; Texas Hotel, Fort Worth; etc.

IV: White House Situation Room – Personnel and Activities: Pat Patterson (Stranger); Oliver Hallet; McGeorge Bundy; Andrew Hatcher (?); Others? Who’s calling the shots?

V: Doug Horne’s ARRB Memo lists a number of “investigative leads” that should be pursued:

A. Four radio frequencies were identified as the means of communications between parties onboard aircraft SAM 26000, SAM 86972, and the White House Communications Agency in Washington, namely:
11176 MHZ (Upper sideband)
15011 MHZ (Upper Sideband)
13247 MHZ (Upper sideband)
18027 MHZ (Lower sideband)

Part of the LBJ library collection donated to the JFK Collection at NARA includes a typed summary prepared by Master Sergeant John C. Trimble, USAF (the WHCA technician who was the radio operator onboard Air Force One during the flight from Dallas to Washington on November 22, 1963). In his statement, he says: “I…had three phone patches going simultaneously most of the time.” Since total fight time, from takeoff from Love Field, until “on the blocks” at Andrews AFB was 2 hours and 17 minutes, the unedited audiotapes could conceivably be as long as 7-9 hours in total duration, although how much of this time would be “dead time” is unknown. One serious problem with the edited Air Force One tape is that the listener does not know which frequency (i.e., “patch”) he is listening to at any one time, or whether or not the various conversations which are condensed onto the tape are recorded in the proper time sequence.

B. Onboard Air Force One on the return flight to Washington, Secret Service Agent Kellerman, and later General Ted Clifton (Military Aide to the President) make it clear that their desire is for an ambulance and limousine to take President Kennedy’s body to Walter Reed General Hospital for autopsy “…under guard…,” as specified by General Clifton. Gerald Behn, Head of the White House Secret Service Detail, counters that a helicopter has been arranged to take the President’s body to the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda for autopsy, and that all other personnel will be choppered to the South Grounds of the White House. Ultimately, the President’s physician, Admiral George Burkley (on Air Force One), sides with Gerald Behn (at the White House) in support of a Bethesda autopsy and persuades the Surgeon General of the Army, General Heaton (in Washington) to cancel arrangements for a Walter Reed autopsy. Once it becomes clear that Bethesda is to be the site, two things happen: first, both Admiral Burkley and General Clifton insist that the President’s body be transported to Bethesda by ambulance (vice helicopter), even though Gerald Behn at the White House
informs General Clifton that President Kennedy’s Naval Aide, CAPT Shepard, has assured him that it will be no problem for the helicopter to carry the heavy casket; second, even though Admiral Burkley and General Clifton insist on ambulance transport of JFK’s body to Bethesda, Gerald Behn at the White House subsequently orders Roy Kellerman: “You accompany the body aboard the helicopter.” Finally, General Clifton insists and then repeats, in great detail, orders for a forklift and platform at the left rear of the aircraft for the casket, a personnel ramp at the left front of the aircraft for President Johnson and other passengers’ debarkation, and another personnel ramp at the right front of the airplane (the dark, unlit side of the aircraft where there is a galley door) for the departure of Jacqueline Kennedy. These concerns are mirrored at flight’s end in a conversation from Colonel Swindal (Air Force One pilot) to Colonel Cross (USAF also) on the ground. (Editorial notes: (1) The fact that Jacqueline Kennedy never used the ramp at the right front of the aircraft has caused at least one researcher to question the real motivation for its placement; (2) An Air Force document titled: “Historical Highlights of Andrews Air Force Base, 1942-1989″ states that “…the body of the slain President was removed to Walter Reed General Hospital…,” which further fuels the controversy over the movements of the President’s body after Air Force One landed at Andrews. )

C. On one occasion on the tape, Admiral Burkley states to Gerald Behn at the White
House, “I have called General Heaton and asked him…,” but on the LBJ edited audiotape, there is no previous conversation recorded with General Heaton, leading one to the conclusion that a conversation took place which is not present on the edited tape. The first conversation between Burkley and Heaton on the tape comes after this remark.

D. On 4 different occasions on the edited tape, “Crown” (the White House Situation Room) attempts to put “Witness” (CAPT Tazewell Shepard, President Kennedy’s Naval Aide) in communication with Air Force One (and the Air Force One patch with General Heaton) in order to resolve the confusion over the arrangements for the President’s autopsy. There are so many crude edits and breaks on this edited and compressed audio recording that it is unclear whether CAPT Shepard “never got through” to Air Force One at all, or whether he perhaps did on one or more occasions, but those conversations have simply been omitted from of the present version of the recording.

E. Concerning the President’s limousine, SS-100X, two remarks of interest can be heard on the tape. In the first, Secret Service Agent Roy Kellerman says to Gerald Behn (at the White House), “I’m sure the Volunteer boys will go over his car and so forth.”
(Note: “Volunteer” was the USSS-WHCA code name for Vice-President Johnson.) Second, apparently late in the flight to Andrews, someone onboard Air Force one is informed about the status of the plane carrying the two cars from Dallas (SS-100X and the Secret Service follow-up car), namely that “…373 (a tail number) departed at 2141 Zulu…the one with the Presidential cars onboard.” Near the end of the flight Air Force One can be heard inquiring if there is an ETA for “the C-130 with the vehicles.”

F. Background chatter can be heard at one point, discussing a “limousine and ambulance at Andrews,” and later in the same background conversation, something about a “black Cadillac”. This is probably an indication of simultaneous conversations taking place onboard Air Force One on different frequencies, which only highlights the importance of obtaining unedited tapes of all of the conversations.

G. During the flight from Dallas to Washington, “SAM Command Post” calls Air Force One and a “Colonel Arnbuck (phonetic) from OPS” expresses a concern from the Chief of Staff (General LeMay?) as to whether President Johnson and Mr. Kennedy’s body is onboard the aircraft. This question is followed immediately on the tape by the confusing tug-of-war over who will control autopsy arrangements, etc.

H. On more than one occasion during the flight, personnel in Washington specifically ask whether Mrs. Kennedy is onboard. “A.F. Command Post” first asks this question, immediately before the “Chief of Staff’s Office” inquires about the whereabouts of President Johnson and Mr. Kennedy’s body. Subsequently, “Air Force Command Post” asks who the top people onboard are. “Winner” (a Mr. Hatcher at “Crown”) later asks if Mrs. Kennedy is onboard. During the flight Admiral Burkley assumes that Mrs. Kennedy will accompany the body, General Clifton very carefully arranges separate debarkation arrangements from the aircraft for Mrs. Kennedy, and Gerald Behn (Head of White House Secret Service Detail) attempts on two occasions to separate all passengers on Air Force One from JFK’s body after arrival (desiring to send the body alone to Bethesda on a helicopter, and all other personnel to the South Grounds of the White House). The significance of this repeated concern about Mrs. Kennedy’s whereabouts and her plans upon landing is a source of controversy among some researchers and is another reason to pursue unedited audiotapes of these flight conversations.

I. Immediately after Behn orders Kellerman to “…accompany the body aboard the helicopter”, the following exchange takes place:
Kellerman: “I was unable to get a hold of Payne and Bob Burke (names are phonetic approximations).” After a break, the words “…Payne and Burke at the ranch…” are heard; it is unclear whether the speaker is Kellerman or Behn. Finally, an unidentified speaker says, “…Payne and Burke were not notified…”. The meaning or possible significance of this exchange, if any, is not known.

J. Immediately after the above exchanges, an unidentified voice twice says, “…is on 6970…”. (Note: Aircraft #86970 was the Vice-Presidential aircraft, which also flew back to Andrews AFB from Love Field on November 22, 1963.)

K. One last noticeable exchange worth reporting is from “Wing” (Brigadier General Godfrey McHugh, USAF, President Kennedy’s Air Force Aide) to “Slugger”(Capt. Cecil Stoughton, USAF, White House photographer who photographed both the swearing-in of LBJ onboard Air Force One in Dallas, and the onloading of JFK’s casket at Love Field): Wing asks that Crown relay to Slugger that he must meet the aircraft as soon as possible after arrival Andrews, and that if he cannot do this, he is to see Wing as soon as possible after arrival, or contact him in any way feasible. The urgency and importance of this matter to Wing is very clear from his tone of voice. Later, Crown informs Wing that Slugger remained on the ground in Dallas. One of the many conversations not on the LBJ transcript which is on the edited tape reads as follows:

Andrews(?): “Air Force One, this is very important.”

Slugger: “This is Capt. Stoughton in Dallas.”

Air Force One: “Warrior advises he is unable to speak with you at the present time and asks would you please call the White House in about 30 minutes.”(Note: It is unclear what this is all about, and additionally unclear why Warrior is the party unable to speak with Slugger, when it was Wing who asked to speak with him in the first place.)



Air Force One Radio Transmission Transcript - Update

BK Notes: I've broken the Patches into different categories and numbered them differently, and will do so again when the tapes are combined and again after a forensic analysis of them.

Air Force One Radio Transmission Transcript – 3C Version

[Transcribed by William Kelly Any corrections, questions or comments] Updated March 25, 2012]

– November 22, 1963.

Listen to the LBJ Library audio version at Mary Ferrell:

Listen to the Clifton/Raab audio version from NARA

The Clifton Tape picks up about 35 seconds into LBJ Library tape and they often overlap, but both contain unique content, so while the Clifton/NARA version is 40 minutes longer, the LBJ Library tape contains content not on the longer tape. So there is unique content on each version.


Editors Note:
LBI Library version is timed in (paranthesis)
Clifton/Raab/NARA version is timed in [brackets]

Reel 1, Side 1 (30:55)
Reel 1, Side 2 (30:57)
Reel 2, Side 1 (29:42)
Reel 2, Side 2 (30:06)

Four radio frequencies were identified:
11176 MHZ (Upper sideband);
15011 MHZ (Upper Sideband)
13247 MHZ (Upper sideband)
18027 MHZ (Lower sideband)

LBJ Tape: Reel 1, Side One

(00:01) Tape Begins with Announcer’s Introduction:

- The following recording has been reproduced from ground recorded non-high fidelity tape to re-cord record patch communications of Air Force One also includes eight, six, nine, seven two (86972) – the Cabinet plane carrying Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Presidential Secretary Pierre Salinger and other dignitaries enroute between Honolulu and Japan. The following information relative to presidential aircraft radio call signs is given for clarification due to interchangeable use.

Air Force One and Angel are used when the President is aboard the aircraft, Air Force Two-Six-Thousand (26000) is used at all other times.

This tape has been edited and condensed to contain only pertinent information relative to events during 22nd of November, 1963. Only material available from radio circuits used is available.

LBJ Tape Reel 1, Side 1 (30:55)

Tape 1- Patch 1

- 86972 [Cabinet plane], Andrews [Air Force Base]. You are readable at this time, sir. Also be advised Two-Six-Thousand [26000 – Air Force One, aka “Angel”] (is) coming up on this frequency shortly. Request that you contact Andrews on One-Five, Sir.
(1703), - Okay, One-Five. Relay. Will be off Honolulu at seventeen oh-three estimated approximate windshift, 2-1-4-0-2-2.
- 86972, Roger, copy. Thank you much.

T 1 - Patch 2

- Break, Command Post, Air Force One, 1725. Carswell. [Ft. Worth SAC Air Force Base]
- Air Force One, understand. Airborne. One, seven, two, five (1725) Zulu [Military Greenwich Mean Time]. Do you have an ETA? [Estimated Time of Arrival] Over.
- Estimated 40 minutes, enroute. I’ll show a log time in a couple of minutes.
- Roger, Air Force One. Command Post listening. Out.

T 1 - Patch 3

- Pickup 1700 Zulu, weather please.
- Standby One, I have weather officer I can give it to you now, if you are ready to copy. Over.
- Okay, go ahead.
- 1700 Zulu weather, 6000 broken, 15 miles plus visibility, temperature – five-seven, ramp temperature, six-two, wind southwest ten, altimeter setting two-niner, decemil eight-seven. I just talked with the Ramp and they indicate it is clearing rather rapidly there.
- Roger. Copy, thank you, out.
- Weather out.

LBJ Tape Reel One, Side One

T 1 - Patch 4

- Andrews, Air Force One, the Command Post List.
- Andrews, Air Force One, standby.
- Command Post altimeter.
- This is Airman Gilmore
- I have Air Force One for a patch.
- Standby please.
- Air Force One, Air Force Command Post on the line, go ahead sir.
- Roger, Command Post, Air Force One, our estimated time on the block, Dallas will be One, Seven, Four, Zero….(1740)…
- Roger. I understand. Seventeen forty on the block.
- Roger, Out.

LBJ Tape Reel One, Side One

T 1 - Patch 5
T1 - 5

- Air Force One, Andrews.
- Roger, Roger Command Post, please.
- Standby sir.
- Command Post.
- I have Air Force One for a patch.
- Bring him up.
- Standby.
- Air Force One, Andrews. Command Post on the line, give them a call, sir.
- Roge
, Command Post.
- Air Force One on the ground 1738 Zulu.
- Air Force One, understand. On the ground, seventeen thirty eight Zulu. Command Post listening.
- Air Force One…..


Clifton Tape – Begins – [00:00]

T 2 – Patch 1

- Andrews Two Six Thousand (26000) Delta
- 26000 Andrews Loud and clear.
- Roger, you are loud and clear, I will be monitoring this frequency.
- 26000 Andrews loud and clear. How do you read me now Larry?
- Roger. You are still loud and clear.
- Okay Standing by.

T 2 – Patch 2

- White House Situation Room put in a priority one patch for me?
- Stand by sir.
- Yes.
- I have Liberty on the line for a priority one patch.
- Roger
- Stand by I’ll give you a call. Okay sir?
- I don’t know – [background conversation]
- Stand by One.
- Liberty, give him a call.
- Situation Room?

T 1/2 (3) – Patch 1
T3 – 1

Tape 2 Merges with Tape 1 at this Point:

LBJ Tape Reel 1 Side One – Patch 4
- Air Force One?
- Liberty! Liberty?
- Roger, I have White House Situation Room, SAM 86972,....Over.
- (Static) ... signal...unintelligable…..
- Eight Six Nine Seven Two 86972 do you read me? Over.
- White House?
- White House on.
- Standby.
- White House, this is SAM 86972. How do you read? Over.
- 86972, I read you loud and clear, loud and clear.
- Roger, standby One, please, we have another phone patch going on with Sing Sing, but we do have traffic for you, so hold on for one moment please.
- Roger, Roger 86972.

LBJ Tape Reel 1 Side One – Patch 5

T3 – Patch 2
T3 – 2

(6:30) [0357]
- White House, White House, this is Wayside, do you read me?
- This is White House. I read you loud and clear Wayside. Over.
- Can you give me the latest situation on President? Over.
- You want Situation Room? Is that a Roger?
- Repeat that transmission please?
- This is Crown, This is Crown. Do you want Situation Room?
- I want the Situation Room That’s affirmative.
- Roger, Roger getting them now.
- Stand by Please.
- Wayside, Wayside, this is Crown. Situation Room is on. Go ahead.
- Situation Room. This is Wayside, do you read me? Over.
- This is the Situation Room. I read you. Go ahead.
- Give me all available information on President Over.
- All available information on President follows. Ah,…Connally…He and Governor Connally of Texas have been hit in the car in which they were riding. We do not know how serious the situation is, we have no information. Mister Bromley Smith is back here in the Situation Room now. We are getting our information over the tickers. Over.
- That is affirmative, affirmative. Please be advised that this is the plane on which the cabinet is on the way to Japan. Those heading to Honolulu are turning around and returning to Honolulu and will be there in about two hours. Over
- I understand. Those heading to Japan are turning around and heading to Honolulu and will be back there in two hours. Is that correct? Over.
- That’s Affirmative. Affirmative. Will need all information to decide whether some of this party should go directly to Dallas. Over.
- This is Situation Room. Say again your last please?
- Will need to be advised to determine whether some members of this party should go directly to Dallas? Over.
- Roger, you wish information as to whether some members of that party should go to Dallas.
- Affirmative. Affirmative.
- Do you have anything else, Wayside?
- Any information you can give me as quickly as possible.
- The Associated Press is coming out now with a bulletin that the President was hit in the head. That just came in. Over.
- Roger. Will get any new information to you.
- Where are you Wayside?
- Wayside is off the line. This is the radio operator. We are returning to Honolulu and should be back in Honolulu in about two hours. Will be in the air for about two hours and in to Honolulu and you can contact us on the ground there later.
- I understand. This is…..Hold, hold on the line there Wayside, we have some more information coming up.
-….right back.

T3 – Patch 3
T3 – 3

- Ah, Wayside, Wayside, this is Situation Room. I read from the AP bulletin. Kennedy apparently shot in head, he fell face down on the backseat of his car. Blood was on his head. Mrs. Kennedy cried “Oh no,” and tried to hold up his head. Connally remained half seated slumped to the left. There was blood on his face and forehead. The President and Governor were rushed to Parkland Hospital near the Dallas Trade Mart where Kennedy was to have made a speech. Over
- I read that, over.
- This is Situation Room. I have nothing further for you now. I will contact you if we get more.
[0733] (0738)
- Wayside, Roger and out
- Situation Room out.

T3 – Patch 4

- Loud and clear.
- One thirty five…..Secretary of State….
- Roger, ….this…put them on this frequency…..stand by one, Andrews on two.
- Give them a call Andrews
- Affirmative Andrews.
- Roger we have the aircraft and passengers ….
- Eight Six Nine Seven Two, we do not know the frequency…..
- Two Six Thousand.
- Will you have….give me a call please?
- Stand by one sir.
- …..please?
- This is Secretary Rusk.
- Give me Eight Six Nine Seven Two.
- I’ll have….give you a call when he’s done.
- Hold the line.
- Yes?
- Copy Mr. Rusk….State Department is talking to…..
- Mr. Ball back there.
- State Dept. is not….
- Well look…I want to talk to Ball.
- Okay…Number one is trying….
- I’ll wait
- Thank you
- Okay, thank you.
- I want a frequency open….
- Please give…. a call please. ….

- LBJ Tape Side One

T 3 – Patch 5


- 26000, Andrews, I have the White House.
- Okay, thank you.
- And I want to keep this frequency open.
- The frequency has been taken …
- …give ….a copy
- Roger.
- 86972 is good and readable. I have a party on that wants to talk to you. Stand by.
- Standing by.
- Hello? What is your name again?
- Jackson.
- Mister Jackson?
- Yes.
- Okay. Hold on line one.
- 86972, 86972 I have a Mister Jackson, a Mister Jackson on. Will you give him a call, please?
- Mister Jackson, this is SAM 86972. How do you read me?
- I read you very well 72. I would like to talk to Colonel Toomey or Colonel Holland please. Over.
- Okay. Colonel Toomey is coming on right now, Stand by One please.
- Okay.
(11:35) [1130]
- Roger. This is Colonel Toomey. Go ahead.
- Colonel Toomey, this is Murray Jackson. The President of the United States has been shot and seriously wounded in Dallas, Texas. The President of the United States, John F. Kennedy has been shot and seriously wounded in Dallas, Texas. Governor Connally was also shot at the same time. Would you please get the message to Secretary of State Rusk, and I will stand by. Over.
- Roger, Murray. We have already received the news. We have the UPI on. We have turned around. We are returning to Hawaii. We are estimating Hawaii in one hour and twenty minutes. We will be on the ground in Hawaii in one hour and twenty minutes and will be returning to Washington or Dallas. We have another aircraft alerted to take part of the party to Dallas, and we are returning to Washington. Over. [1220]
- Thank you very much Colonel Toomey. I will relay that information to Mr. Ball right away. Over and out.
- Okay, the secretary has talked with his office in Washington, I believe and also Pierre Salinger has been in contact with the White House from the aircraft. Over.
-Okay thank you very much. Over and out

T-3 – Patch 6

LBJ Tape Reel 1 Side One

- 26000, Andrews. Go ahead sir.
- Loud and clear. A signal check please. 26000, I read you loud and clear, here also, sir. Stand by on this frequency.
- Right. Thank you.

T 3 – Patch 7
T3 – 7

Reel 1 Side One

- Andrews sideband. Airman Gilmore.
- Roger. Are you in contact with the party coming back from Tokyo? Go ahead.
- Yes sir. We’re going through Liberty airwaves for that aircraft.
- Roger, can you connect me with Wayside?
- Standby One Six.
- Sir?
- Yes Sir?
- There’s Mister Jackson running a patch to that aircraft at this time, would you like to listen in or would you like me to break the patch sir?
- Ah, could I wait please?
- Yes, you can standby. You’re number two.

T 3 – Patch 8
T3- 8

- 86972, Andrews.
- 86972.
- Roger, standby. I have another one.
- Who is this sir?
- This is the White House.
- Okay, standby please.
- 86972, 86972, Andrews, I have Crown on, will you give them a call sir please?
- This is 86972, go ahead.
- Roger, This is Crown, we wish a phone patch to Wayside. Go ahead.
- Roger, standby for Wayside.
- Crown.
- Roger, go ahead please.
- Crown this is Wayside. Go ahead. ‘
- Go ahead please
- Wayside? Wayside? This is Stranger. Do you read me? Over.
- This is Wayside. Go ahead.
- Kilduff has asked that all cabinet members return to Washington immediately. Over.
- We are enroute to Honolulu, where we have ah….Washington. Over
- Roger Roger, will they notifiy us of time of arrival.
- Situation…to Dallas. ……Over
- Roger, Roger, we do not have any firm….as to the exact status……go…..Dallas….Wayside…..go ahead.
- ……..Wayside this is Stranger, over.

T 3 – Patch 9
T 3 – 9

- Wayside Standby for Situation Room. Yea.
- Go ahead Wayside.
- Wayside, this is Situation Room. I read you the latest bulletin. President Kennedy has been given blood transfusion today at Parkland Hospital in an effort to save his life after he and Governor John Connally of Texas were shot in an assassination attempt. Over the TV we have the information that the governor has been moved to the operating room. The president is still in the emergency room at Parkland Hospital....Do you read me so far? Over
- I read you loud and clear.
- Wayside. This is Situation Room. Are you getting the press coverage or do you want us to continue to relay it to you? Over.
- (garbled)….keep informed. Over
(15:18) [1644]

T 3 – Patch 10
T 3 – 10

- This is Situation Room. Roger. New subject. We will have information for you on whether to proceed to Dallas by the time you land at Honolulu. Over
- Affirmative affirmative, also….Secretary of State….Dallas….Over.
- This is Situation Room. Roger. Will do. Get determination on whether Secretary of State should also go to Dallas.
- Wayside. Out. Over.
- This is Situation Room. Out

T 3 – Patch 11 – “Stranger” – Harold Patterson Patch
T 3 – 11

- Liberty?
- Go ahead.
- 86972 86972 Andrews.
- 86972 You are loud and clear.
- Roger Give me the name, the real name of Stranger please….from the White House.
- Say again the name. What is the name sir? Stranger.
- Stranger – S-T-R-A-N-G-E-R
- Command Post, will you give them a call?
- We are returning to Hickham field….three zero Zulu….We are standing by for more information…..
- Stand by for just a moment sir.
- Roger, Roger Seven two, Let us know when you are leaving Hickham and what your destination is.
- Okay we will keep you advised, have Wayside give them a call.
- 86972 – Andrews.
- Roger. In reference to request. A Major Harold R. Patterson, Major Harold R. Paterson.

T-3 Patch 12
T 3 -12

- Andrews talk to Wayside. The party is on the line now

LBJ Tape Reel 1 - Side One

- 86972 Andrews.
- Liberty?
- 86972. 86972.
- 86972. Andrews. I have a party that would like to talk to Wayside. Will you give them a call?
- Wayside. The party is on the line now.
- 86972, I have a party that would like to talk to Wayside.
- Wayside is coming on right now.
- All right, fine there’s no rush. I’ll just talk to you here. This is the Situation Room. We’ll standby. We are looking for confirmation of something here.
- Wayside,…Wayside.
- Okay Wayside. Just standby for a moment please. We are getting confirmation now. Please stay on the line. We are getting confirmation now.
- Wayside on the line.
- Please stay on the line. This is Situation Room still on the line standing by. I read you loud and clear. Nothing further for you yet.
- Wayside. This is Situation Room.
- We have ah conflicting reports now, so we have no confirmation. We will call you again. I have relayed your intentions and current position to the Front Office. Your office has the word. We will call you again when we get confirmation. Over.
- Okay This is Wayside. Out.

T – 3 Patch 13
T 3 – 13

LBJ Tape Reel 1 Side One


- Andrews, 26000. Radio Check.
- 26000 (Two Six Thousand), Andrews, loud and clear.
- [Third voice] 26000, Liberty, loud and clear. Will you try to notify if you close down for good? Go ahead.
- Roger. Will do.
- Roger, Liberty.

T- 3 Patch 14
T 3 – 14

LBJ Tape Reel 1 Side One

- Andrews. Sideband. Airman Gilmore.
- Gilmore, this is Murray Jackson at State again. Can you get me Seven Two again?
- Could you say again, sir, you are very, very week.
- This is Murray Jackson at the State Department.
- Yes sir?
- I talked to Seven Two a little while ago. Can you get me Seven Two on a single sideband again?
- Mister Jackson, be advised that Seven Two is in a patch with the Situation Room at the present time sir. If you wish to standby.
- That’s all right. They’re talking to them now?
- Yes sir. They are in a patch at the present time.
- All right, very good. Can you listen in on this?
- Ah, not from this console, no sir.
- Well, what we want to tell the plane is that Under Secretary Ball requests that the Secretary and all the passengers return directly to Washington instead of going to Dallas. - Yes sir, I believe they received that message sir.
- Very good. Thank you.
- Thank you very much sir.
- Oh, hello?
- Yes sir?
- One other thing. The Secretary is supposed to call Mrs. Ball when he gets on the ground in Honolulu.
- Okay sir, We’ll relay that as soon as possible.
- Thank you very much.

T – 3 Patch 15
T 3 – 15

LBJ Tape Reel 1 Side One - Patch 12

- Andrews sideband, Airman Gilmore.
- Airman Gilmore, this is Murray Jackson again at the State Department.
- Yes sir?
- The message I just gave you about Mr. Ball wanting the Secretary and all of the passengers of the plane to return directly to Washington has now been reconfirmed by McGeorge Bundy who has also said that the plane and all its passengers should return immediately to Washington, rather than Dallas.
- Standby sir.
- All right.

T 3 – Patch 16
T 3 - 16

- 86972. 86972. Andrews.
- Andrews. Loud and clear. Loud and clear. You have Mister Jackson on the line. Would you give him a call sir?
- Mister Jackson, 86972. Go ahead sir.
- I have a message from Undersecretary Ball and from McGeorge Bundy at the White House. They request that the Secretary of State and ALL passengers aboard the aircraft return to Washington immediately. Over.
- Roger. The message is from Undersecretary Ball and Mr. Bundy advised that the Secretary of State and ALL passengers return to Washington immediately. Over.
- That is correct. Over and out.
- Okay. Thank you.

T 3 – Patch 17
T 3 17

LBJ Tape Reel 1 Side One

- Start again please, the party is on.
- Be advised there’s another patch from Wayside. Do you with to break Command Post?
- Yea, break it.
- Yes sir.
- 86972, 86972, Andrews.
- 972. Go ahead.
- Roger sir, I have Crown on. Will you give him a call sir?
- Crown. Go ahead.
- This is Situation Room. Relay following to Wayside. We have report quoting Mr. Kilduff in Dallas that the President is dead. That he died about 35 minutes ago. Do you have that? Over.
(22:43) [2447]
- The President is dead. Is that correct?
- That is correct. That is correct. New subject. Front Office desires plane return Washington with no stop Dallas. Over.
- Wayside, copy. All okay. We return direct to Washington without stopping in Dallas.
- This is Situation Room, out.

T 3 – Patch 18
T 3 – 18

LBJ Library Reel 1 Side One

- Andrews, give me the Situation Room please.
- 972 Andrews, standby, one sir.
- Crown on.
- Situation Room please.
- Thank you.
- (phone ringing) Yea?
- Is this the Situation Room?
- Yes.
- This is sideman, I have 972 on sideband for another patch sir.
- 972 again.
- This is Situation Room.
- Standby sir.
- 972, I read you.
- This is Situation Room. Over.
- Situation Room, 972. Wayside would like to know the whereabouts of the Vice President. Over.
- Yes (Background conversation) Alright…He wants to know where the Vice President is in Dallas….right….
- Ah, Wayside, from Situation Room. The Vice President is in the hospital building, Parkland Hospital, in Dallas. He is not injured. I repeat, not injured. Over.
- I copy. I will call you right back.
- Right.

T – 3 Patch 19
T 3 – 19

LBJ Tape Reel 1 Side One

- Andrews, 26000. Standby to take off.
- 26000.
- Andrews, 972, Command Central….
- Roger…..Command Post.
- I have 972 for a patch.
- All right. Go ahead.
- 86972, Andrews, Command time, go ahead sir.
- SAM Command, 86972, and we are returning directly to Washington, as latest instructions are to return direct to Washington from Hic Cup. Hic Cup is working up a flight plan and as quick as we can get the enroute time and on the ground time, we will give you an ETA Washington.
- Roger, Roger 72. Can you give me your present ETA for Hickham? [2734]
- In about 45 minutes was the last one that I heard. It should be about twenty-thirty Zulu... I’ll get you a more accurate one if you’ll stick around a little bit…[2750]
- Zulu over.
- Roger, Roger. As far as you know right now you’re coming directly to Washington? Is that affirmed?
- That is correct. Over.
- Roger 72. Give us any changes that you have sir.
- Okay, will do.
- 26000. Andrews.
- Loud and clear sir.
- Roger, you are both loud and clear.
-I hear you both loud and clear.
- 26000, do you copy my teletype?
- 26000 is…outbound.
- Okay. He’s too busy over there.
- Right.
- You might want to check with him to make sure that he’s getting through.
- Okay, standby. [2842]
- 26000. Andrews, coming up.
- 26000, check please. [2850]
- 26000 Andrews. Loud and clear.
- 26000 Andrews. Loud and clear.
- We’ll be moving out pretty soon.
- 86972. Right sir. Standing by.

T – 3 Patch 20
T 3 – 20

- 972 Andy, go ahead sir.
- Okay, we’re coming pretty close to Honolulu landing ah. I don’t know if we’ll be able to or not but I’m going to or not but I’m going to try to keep this equipment up, ah, but I’m not certain I’ll be able to do it. Understand that thirteen is pretty good. ….Is that correct?
- This is Andrews. That is affirmed. 26000 is now getting ready to take off. He’s on One Three. If you standby, One, I’ll confer with Liberty and see what frequencies, in case you do drop out, what frequency we’ll have standing up on waiting for your call.
- Okay, do that. Get them all set up. I might not be able to keep it open.
- Roger. Standby One.
- Okay, Liberty? Yea, we got One Three and One Five up right now, besides this one going through you. I don’t know if One Three is going to be all tied up or not. And ah, what frequencies do you think you can have set up in case he drops out on so you he’ll know what frequencies we’re listening on?
- I’ll be on One Eight, One Five and One Three. And we can hold him on eighteen for a while because we got Newport Jerry up there.
- Right. Do you have another one, a little bit lower maybe?
- We’ll drop down from eighteen to fifteen to thirteen.
- How about Tripple One?
- We have that too.
- Tripple lower?
- Ah, on the sideband.
- Okay, I’ll tell him we’ll be on eighteen, thirteen, fifteen and Triple One, all uppers, right?
- All right.
- Except this one, we’re on lower.
- Go ahead.
- Okay.
- 86972, Andrews.
- Roger, Andrews is going to be standing by and Liberty on Triple One upper, Triple One Seven Six upper, One Five Zero One One upper, One Five Zero One One upper, One Three Two Zero Four Seven upper and this frequency One eight zero two seven, lower, sir.
- Okay, very good, I’ll keep in touch.
- Roger

T – 3 Patch 21
T 3 – 21

LBJ Tape Reel 1 Side One

-86972 Go ahead.
- Air Force Command Post, this is mission 137, mission One, Three, Niner, arriving Honolulu Two Two diagonal, Two Six, Zulu, ATV, Two One One five Zulu for Andrews, over.
- 86972, Roger, Andy, copy and standing by sir.
- Okay, I’ll be on this frequency and I’ll advise you when I leave it.
- Roger sir.

T - 3 Patch 22
T 3 – 22

LBJ Tape Reel 1 Side One

- Two Six Thousand. 26000
- Give me Crown please.
- Just a minute.


- Crown.
- 26000 for a patch.
- Roger.
- Crown on. Go ahead.
- Roger, Crown, 26000, will you get a patch with Jerry Behn please?
- Roger, stand by.

T – 3 B – Patch 1
T3B – 1

- 26000. Duplex
-Standby One.
- Hello?
- Okay.
- Jerry?
- Hello?
- Go ahead.
- We’re at the airport 26000, everybody’s aboard.

END Reel 1, Side 1
(30:55) [3251]
LBJ Tape Reel 1 Side Two
(30:57) [33:12]

- Duplex - Okay, go ahead.
- We are waiting for the swearing in at the plane before take-off.
- Of, the….That’s Volunteer?
- Roger.
- Say again, Roy, say again.
- We are waiting for a judge to appear for a swearing in.
- That’s for Volunteer, is that right?
- Yes. We are having it done here before we takeoff Jerry.
- That’s an affirmative. Do you have any idea yet what Lace wants to do and what Volunteer wants to do on their arrival here?
- No. But I will call you back. (Suggest)…we have 2 hour 15 flight into Andrews. We have a full plane with at least 40.
- Okay, go ahead.
- I’ll have to call you again as to body, however, I’m sure the Volunteer’s party will go over….(his car)....and so forth…we will….(need)….be there with several others….
- All right, let me know what Volunteer wants to do when they land. If they want to come into Crown by helicopter?
- That’s a roger, I’ll call you again.
- Okay.

TB 3 – Patch 2
TB 3 – 2

LBJ Tape Reel 1 Side 2

- 26000, Andrews
- Okay, go ahead.
- Stand by for…
- Okay give them a call.
- Go ahead.
- Roger.
- Air Force Command Post
- Can you read me?
- 26000 go ahead.
- Can you give me Estimated Time of Departure from Dallas? Over.
- From Dallas? Go ahead.
- Would you repeat your estimated time of departure from Dallas? Over
- Roger. It could be estimate in the next ten minutes. Go ahead.
- Roger. Could you give me a call when you’re airborne? And can you give me any additional information?
- Not at this time.
- Roger. Thank you.
- Will call on takeoff.

TB 3 – Patch 3 C
TB3 – 3 C

Clifton/Raab Tape Patch #2b (Not on LBJ Library Tape)

- Andrews, Air Force One.
- Air Force One, Andrews, go ahead sir.
- Andrews, Andrews Air Force Base.
- Roger, standby.
- Air Force Command Post….
- Air Force One, standby please.
- Air Force One, Andrews. Give them a call please.
- Command Post, Air Force One, how do you read?
- Fine, (Roger) sir. Go ahead.
- ...Dallas... (20 Two – O)… Four seven (4-7) Zulu will call in a couple of minutes for (with ah) block time for Andrews
- Do you have an approximate block time, sir?
- Ah, Well, two plus one zero go ahead.
- Two plus one zero. And do you have any passengers on board?
- Roger. Forty plus.
- Do you have Mrs. Kennedy on board?
- Affirmative. I’ll call you back, Command Post.
- All right, sir. - Air Force One, Andrews. I have SAM Command Post standing by sir.
- Command Post, Air Force One, go ahead.
- Stand By One Sir.
- Give Air Force One a call please.
- Air Force One. (SAM Command Post, go ahead).
- Roger, Roger. You called me, go ahead sir.
- (Sergeant) This is Colonel Hornbuckel in Operations. We have a request from staff officer
- (to know if) Do you have Mr. Johnson and Mr. Kennedy’s body on board?
- Okay, Air Force One. Affirmative on all those questions. Go ahead.
- Roger, thank you very much. Out.

TB3 – Patch 4
TB3 – 4

LBJ Tape Reel 1 Side Two - Patch 3

- Air Force One for a signal heck.
- Air Force One, Andrews, loud and clear.
- Loud and clear, Liberty.
- Roger.
- Scott, loud and clear.
- Air Force One, I have……standing by.
- 26000 26000 SAM Command Post.
- Air Force One, go ahead please.
- Roger, Air Force One, are you airborne at present? Are you airborne at present?
- Affirmative. Airborne at Two Zero Four Seven, 2047. Estimated time on the block at Andrews is Two Three Zero Five – (2305 go ahead).
[38:04]- Roger, Roger, I understand, (Departed at 2047, ETA (estimated time of arrival) Andrews, 2305, is that Charlie?
- That is Charlie.
- Roger, Roger Air Force One, SAM Command Post clear.

TB3 – Patch 5
TB3 – 5


- Air Force Command Post, go ahead.
- I have Air Force One standing by, stand by please.
- Air Force One, give Command Post a call please.
- Command Post, Air Force One.
- Go ahead Air Force One, this is Command Post.
- Okay, departure 2-0-4-7, estimated time on the block Andrews 2-3-0-5, and we are rounding off at flight altitude 2-9-0. Over.
- Roger, understand. Standby One, please.

TB3 – Patch 6
TB3 – 6

- Go ahead.
- Air Force One, this is the Air Force Command Post. If possible, request the names of passengers on board please?
- We have forty plus. Go ahead.
- Forty people, is that affirmative?
- That’s affirmative.
- Can you tell me in regards as to ah, one and two, the top people?
- Roger. The president is on board, the body is on board, and Mrs. Kennedy is on board.
- All right. Can you confirm once again your takeoff time and your estimated time of arrival at Andrews?
- Two Zero Four Seven (2047) take off time…Andrews, two three zero five. (2305)
- Roger, thank you. This is the Air Force Command Post out.


TB3 – Patch 7
TB3 – 7

- Call please?
- Air Force One Air Force Command Post Over.
- Roger we are estimating…two one…
- Roger 26000 Command Post Copy
- Air Force One – 970 ….John….wants to know on the ground if you have Congressman Thomas, Thornbury and Brooks aboard? Can you check that out for us?
- Say again, say again.
- Roger……needs to know if you have Congressman Thomas, Congressman Thornbury and Congressman Brookes aboard? Will you check?


TB3 – Patch 8
TB3 – 8

- Air Force One, Command Post.
- Roger.
- Roger 26000
- Air Force One, give me a shout please?
- Air Force One, standby sir.
- Crown? This is….on standby please.
- Air Force One, Andrews, give them a call please.
- Air Force One, Andrews, give them a call please.
- Air Force One, Andrews, give them a call please.
[4044]Air Force One, Andrews, give them a call please.
- Crown, Air Force One.
- This is Crown, go ahead.
- We need a patch with Surgeon General of the Army Heaton.Go ahead.
- Please repeat the message.
- We need a patch with General Heaton. H-E-A-T-O-N the Surgeon General. Heaton present whereabouts….
- Roger, Roger. That’s General Heaton, the Surgeon General of the Army. Over.
- That is correct.
- Roger, Roger, standby.
- Air Force One, Crown. Standby please. This is the general now, over.
- Command Post weather is 26000, please.
- Okay, Air Force One, standby.
- Roger.
- We’re in a patch right now….Air Force one, Air Force One, Andrews on One Five, I’ll Copy sir.
- Yes, sir?
- You’ll have to hold on there. We’re in a long patch with the White House right now.
- Right, I’ll hold.
- Okay, sir.
- 26000
- One, Andrews.
- Roger sir…give them a call….
- Are we on….One…Eight….pick up on 14 meg….
- We could try…frequency do you have blocked out there ….13 -18…also….
- Roger and One, Five, Zero, One, One.
- Roger….is that correct? [
- Roger, one of them is. The other is a backup and the other is gong to be busy in a couple of minutes.
- Roger with the….
- Roger, very good.
- Roger, can you patch me with Air Force One please?
- Who is this please?
- This is Airman Stanz.
- Standby, you are number three.
- Okay, right.
- Will you call me back through Command Post
- Because this is taking quite a while and there’s no sense you holding onto the line….We’ll get back to you as soon as wek can.
- This is in regards to the Forecast….go ahead.
- Okay, right sir.
- Forcast….
- Say again.
[4250] –

TB3 – Patch 9
TB3 – 9

Reel 1 Side 2 - Patch 4

- Air Force One, Crown. Hello?
- Give Crown a call please.
- Air Force One, this is Crown, do you read me? Over.
- Roger, Roger, Crown. Air Force One.
(9:45) [4315]
- Hello?
- Air Force One, this is Crown. You were cut out. General Heaton is at Walter Reed Hospital. You will have to stand by just a moment or else let me call you back when I get him on the line. It will take about a minute to reach him.
- Air Force One, Crown, do you Roger?
- Crown, Roger. Try and get General Heaton, and in the meantime, try to get the Deputy Surgeon General. We will talk to either one. Go ahead.
- This is Crown. Roger. Will you standby, and let me call you back? Over.
- This is very important.
- Roger. I’ll put an emergency on it and we will get him as soon as possible.
- Roger, Roger.
- We are standing by.
- Roger.
- I’ll give you call in just a while.
- Air Force One Roger.
- Air Force One, go ahead.
- Air Force One, Crown.
- standby for a message.

- This is Dr. Burkley
- (Did you hear?)
- Dr. Burkley, Dr. Burkley, this is Crown. You’re cutting out, you’re cutting out.
- You’ll have to repeat, over.
- This is Dr. Burkley. … I want to get in touch with General Heaton or General Heaton’s deputy.

- Dr. Burkley, this is Crown. We are working as fast as possible trying to get the call through for you. He’s at Walter Reed. We are unable to locat. Still searching. Over.
- The Deputy must be in the General’s office over at the main Navy building.
- Roger, Roger. If you’ll standby, we’ll try to reach him.
- Market….This is Crown. You Roger? We’re trying to reach one of them. If you’ll standby, please.

- All right. Roger.
- Air Force One, on fifteen.
- Air Force One, loud and clear.
- Okay, do you have another line in to Crown?
- This is Andrews. Roger.
- Okay, go ahead.

TB3 – Patch 10
TB3 - 10

LBJ Tape (11:45) Clifton/Raab Tape


- Roger Stand by One.
- (female switchboard operator).
- Can you give me White House switchboard, please?
- Thank you.
- Signal.
- Right….ah……
- Crown, are you still on? I have Air Force One for a patch.
- Roger, Roger…Air Force One, Andrews, Crown is on, go ahead sir.
- Air Force One Crown come in?
- Air Force One, Crown is on go ahead sir.
- Call into Duplex please
- Roger, Roger, Locating
- Air Force One Andrews Copy Andrews Sir
- (Dots and dashes in background)
- Air Force One Andrews you are transmitting one three Sir
- Roger, Roger, how about the patch into Crown?
- Crown is on.
- Will you get a hold of Duplex for us please?
- - Roger, Roger. Duplex is on the line, go ahead.
- Digest
- Jerry? (Static) …Jerry we are arriving Andrews…eight oh five…rather….
- Can receive, go ahead.
- Helicopter….Johnson party…south lawn.
- Say again, say again.
- Air Force one is patch line is not as good
- You are very week on one five. Can you take me one five lower?
- One five lower?
- This frequency is lower sideband. Lower sideband.
- Can you take me down frequencies?
- This is Duplex, this is Duplex.
- Arrival Andrews, Six-Zero-Five, standby.
- Ambulance to take Body to Walter Reed.
- Repeat please, Repeat please.
- Ambulance to transport body to Walter Reed. Over.
- Say again.
- Ambulance to Walter Reed, to transport body.
- Arrangements have been made for a helicopter for the Bethesda Naval Medical Center.
- Stand by Jerry we’ll have to get Berkley again.
- Say again, I cannot read, I cannot read.
- Stand By
- He’s on Lower
- Can you read me at all.
- That’s good.
- Air Force one – Andrews, one five lower
- One five lower, do you read sir?
- We have them at one thee and one five, go ahead.
- We’re trying to run two patches at the same time.
- Okay we’ll try to get them back on one five
- Air Force One Andrews. We have your party on but having trouble reaching them on this frequency. Do you read me sir?
- We read you but your party on patch is way down.

TB3 – Patch 11
TB3 – 11

- Arriving Andrews, Fifteen, Zero, Five, rather…
- Have received.
- Air Force One.
- Duplex is on
- Duplex is on. This is Dr. Burkley. What arrangements have been made with regard to the reception of the President?
- Everybody aboard Air Force One, everyone aboard Air Force One, with the exception of the body, will be choppered into the South Ground. The body will be choppered to the Naval Medical Center at Bethesda. Over.
- The body will be choppered or will go by ambulance to the Navy Medical Center?
- Will be choppered, will be choppered.
(1738) [5215]
- [I’ll call General Heaton and ask him to….Washington in regards to this. Would you call him and cancel the….have him go to Walter Reed….I didn’t know the arrangements were already made.
- Say again, say again Doctor.
- The body is in a casket you know, and it will have to be taken by ambulance and not by chopper.
- Alright. I’ll tell Captain Shepard that.
- Be sure to contact…..General Heaton.
- Say again doctor say again.
- Hello?
- Hello. Say again please?
- Ambulance.
- Say again doctor.
- [5320]

TB3 – Patch 12
TB3 – 12

- Hello sir
- Put Mr. Behn on again.
- He is standing by. We are having trouble reading you.
- Can you check me through Liberty on nine zero?
- Stand by for a call from Andrews, stand by for a call from Andrews on nine zero.
- Stand by Crown, Come in.
- Air Force One, this is Crown Come in.
- Air Force One, this is Crown come in,
- Air Force One,
- Roger Crown.
- I have Gen. Heaton standing by.
- Crown, I am putting Gen. Heaton on the line. Over
- General Heaton?
- Air Force One Crown, go ahead. General Heaton on the line. Go ahead.
- Hello, General Heaton?
- Yes, General Heaton
- General Heaton, this is Admiral Burkley.
- Yes, Burkley?
- On Air Force One.
- Yes.
- Air Force One Andrews give General Heaton a call. Go ahead.
- General Heaton this is Admiral Burkley, do you read? Go ahead.
- Hello?
- General Heaton this is Dr. Burkley.
- Yes Burkley?
- ….(use the ) …Military District of Washington in regards to the taking care of the remains of President Kennedy and we are planning on having the president taken directly to Walter Reed. Ah Probably Mrs. Kennedy will probably also be going out there. But we will clarify that later.
- Oh, all right.

TB3 – Patch 13
TB3 – 13

- Hello?
- Can you hold for just a minute please?
- Sure
- Gen. Heaton, this is the operator at Andrews, when you are on the radio talking back, only one party can talk at a time. When Admiral Burkley is talking to you, you cannot. You have to wait for him to reply.
- Okay, Thank you.
- Hello?
- Air Force One Give General Heaton a call please.
- General Heaton is on, this is Admiral Burkley.
- Yes, Burkley?
- Air Force One.
- Yes?
- Can you read me?
- I read you Admiral Burkley.
- Hold for a minute, please. General Clifton here…
- Ah….this is General Clifton.
- Yes General Clifton?
- We do not want a helicopter for Bethesda Medical Center. We do want an ambulance and a ground return from Andrews to Walter Reed. And we want the regular post mortem that has to be done by law, under guard, performed at Walter Reed. Is that clear? Over.
- That is clear General Clifton. You want an ambulance and a ah….another limousine at Andrews and you want the regular post mortem by law done at Walter Reed.
- That is correct. Hold on for a minute. Buy…
- I’ll hold on.
- What did he say?
- Air Force One standby.
- Roger.
- Air Force One. Will you repeat your last transmission you faded out sir
- Okay Stand by One.
- General Heaton? This Clifton over.
- Yes General Clifton.
- Hold on for a minute, over.
- I’ll hold on.
- Air Force One?
- Air Force One, Andrews. Go ahead sir.
- Okay, I think our patch was cut there on 13.
- Air Force One, its still in progress, will you give the ground party a call sir.
- How do you read Andrews?

TB 3 – Patch 14
TB3 – 14

- One Liberty, Copy Andrews?
- Arrangements have been made…..
- Air Force One. Liberty.
- General Heaton.
- Stand by General. They are getting someone on the aircraft.
- Liberty, nine seventy, give me a call fifteen.
- Dr. Burkley?
- Nine seventy?
- Hello? Jerry?
- Go ahead Heaton.
- Jerry, what arrangements have you made?
- We have made no arrangements, but will follow through on what you just told me. An ambulance and a limousine at Andrews and in regards to the post mortem studies.
- General Heaton, will you kindly hold, we have arrangements already made. We will have to clear that before we make any further.
- A limousine and ambulance at Andrews (background conversation).
- Air Force One, repeat your last transmission….
- Hello Andrews? This is Crown.
(21:12) [01:01:15]
- Crown, go ahead.
- Ah, we have Captain Shepard…here who also has evidently made some arrangements on the funeral and so forth here in Washington, and bringing the body back and so forth. He would like to get on and talk with Air Force One when General Heaton is finished. It might be possible to put him up on a conference so they can all make the arrangements together. I understand that Captain Shepard the Naval aide has made some arrangements also. So you might explain that to Air Force One and we can try to put them on a conference, if they like.
- Andrews, okay standby, we’ll advise Doctor Burkley.
(21:59) [01:01:48]

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- Air Force One, Andrews.
- Air Force One, Andrews.
- Air Force One, Andrews.
- Crown?


- Air Force One, Liberty
- Andrews to Liberty, stand by One please.
- Liberty

- Liberty to Andrews, go ahead.
- Did you copy the full 9-7-2 off of Hickman? 2-1-1-1 Zulu, estimated Andrews Zero Five Three Zero Zulu, ultimate…
- Liberty, Andrews, Roger.
- Forward that to Air Force One.
- Liberty, Andrews, Roger.

Dead Air

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- Let’s run a patch to Jerry Behan on this frequency.
- I have General Heaton
- Will you take Gen Heaton off for a moment.
- You want me to hold on?
- Please hold the line.
- Please notify Air Force one Capt. Shepard for a phone patch, which ever they want to put through first.
- Please call on this frequency, go ahead sir.
- Air Force One, give Duplex a call please.
- Duplex, Duplex?
- This is Crown, Duplex dropped off.
- This is Watchman…..
- Roger

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- Go ahead, Duplex is on one, sir.
- Air Force One, Andrews. Give your party a call.
- Okay, Duplex, Duplex, this is Watchman.
- ….Over.
- Go ahead Watchman. Over.
- Duplex, this is Watchman.
- I understand that ambulance to take Mrs. Kennedy to Bethesda is this correct? Over.
- Watchman. It has been arranged to helicopter, helicopter the body to Bethesda Over
- This is Watchman. Okay if it isn’t dark. What about the First Lady? Over.
- Everybody else aboard, everybody else aboard, it has been arranged to helicopter into the South Grounds.
- Watchman….helicopter operation will work because we have a very heavy casket. Over.
- Ah, according to Witness,
-….. yes.
- This is Watchman. …. don’t take a chance on that. Also have a mortuary type ambulance stand by in case the helicopter doesn’t work.
- That’s affirmative. Over.
- That’s affirmative. I receive.
- Now some other instructions. Listen carefully. We need a ramp, a normal ramp at the front of the aircraft, on the right hand side, just behind the pilot’s cabin in the galley. We are going to take the First Lady off by that route. Over do you understand?
- I receive. Affirmative.
- Also, by the right rear, on no, the left rear, the left rear of the aircraft, where we usually dismount, de-bark, we will need a fork lift rather than a ramp because it will be too awkward. We will need a platform to walk out on, and a fork lift to put it on. Is that possible? Over.
- Say again, say again Watchman.
- I say again. The casket is in the rear compartment, and we suggest, because it is so heavy, that we have a fork lift, a fork lift there to remove the casket. But if this is too awkward, we can go along with a normal ramp and several men. Over.
- Affirmative. We will try for the fork lift.
- All right. Next item. Duplex, Duplex. Ah ….The press, according to Mr. Johnson, the press is to have a normal…at Andrews field, and he is going from there by helicopter to the White House. Over.
- Say again, Watchman, say again please.
- Watchman, this is Duplex, say again.
- The press, the normal corral, it will have to be in front of the aircraft, because that is where President Johnson will come off. Okay?
- Watchman this is Duplex. Will you say that all over again please?
- Duplex this is Watchman. I say again. On the right front, a ramp for Mrs. Kennedy, on the left rear, if possible, a fork lift for the casket, and in the right front, near the pilot, a normal ramp…..Over.
- Say again, Watchman, you’re breaking.
- (non-broadcast communications – someone else behind radio operator) I got that, on the left front, I got that, normal ramp for President Johnson…on the left front…press arrangements…all right.
- Did everybody get that clear? Over.
- That is affirmative. [01:10:10]
- Hold One, …Tillerman would like to talk to you.
- Watchman, Watchman, Standby One. Are you there?
- Watchman, Watchman, this is Duplex.
- Duplex, this is Watchman, Over. Go ahead.
- Watchman, should the Secretary of Defense and others be at Andrews on your arrival?
- No, I am about, no negative….Have them call the White House. President Johnson wants to meet with the White House staff….the leadership of Congress, and as many of the Cabinet members as possible at the White House as soon as we get there, approximately eighteen thirty - one, eight, three, zero. Over.
- Will you say again please…
- I got it.
- you got it?
- (unbroadcast communications) President Johnson is supposed to meet as many of the cabinet members at the White House at 1830.
- This is Watchman. Did you get it all? Members of the White House staff. Also the leadership of Congress. Also as many Cabinet members as available at the White House at 1830. Over.
- That is affirmative Watchman. That is affirmative.
- Repeat that to me.
- All the leaders of Congress, as many Cabinet members as possible at the White House at 1830
- The key members of the White House staff. That is Bundy, Sorrensen, ettcetera.
- That is correct.
- Okay.
- Hold on for Kellerman.
- Roger
- Go ahead.
- Go ahead Roy, this is Duplex.
- [01:12:23]
- Up there.
- Air Force One say again please.
- ….helicopter…
- Did you get that?….
- Negative…..

(Fade out – Clifton Tape ends – Audo 1).


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- Digest to Duplex, come in.
- Go ahead Digest, this is Duplex.
- ...sir.
- ...helicopter transportation for President Johnson.
- Air Force One, Andrews.
- Air Force One, this is Andrews. Can you change position, you have a bad microphone.
- Okay, how’s this?
- Air Force One, Roger. Go ahead with your traffic now sir.
- Go ahead, Digest, this is Duplex.
- Again, I repeat, three helicopters to transport people to the White House lawn. Okay?
- That is affirmative.
- Digest Digest, this is Duplex, say again.
- Did you read that?
- Digest, Digest, this is Crown. Repeat.
- I understand you are ordering two cars. Is that right?
-Request you change position. You are coming in completely busted.
- How’s This.
- Roger, okay. White House 102 and 405x, for transportation to Navy hospital, okay?
- That is affirmative.
- That’s a Roger. I am keeping ah….will join Hill and his party at the Navy Hospital. Okay?
-That is affirmative.
- Digest, this is Duplex. You accompany the body aboard the helicopter?
- Roger, request, I was unable to get a hold of…….and Bob Burke…. (break in tape – midsentence)
- Go ahead, I receive.
- Air Force One Go Ahead Sir.

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Reel 2, Side 1 (29:42)

- Andrews. Duplex.
- Go ahead Digest, this is Duplex.
- Static…… (unintelligible) …. okay?
- Say again Digest.
- …..static……were not notified……(unintelligible)
- Okay.
- ...unintelligible)...
- Say Again, Sir. (third voice – radio operator).
- That is affirmative Digest.
- Okay, Gerry. One more… Standby.
- Okay one more. on six, nine, seven oh.
- Right....
- Go ahead Digest.
- Say again sir. (radio operator)
- Go ahead Digest
- Repeat. Number….Six nine seven oh (6-9-7-0). Okay?
- That’s affirmative. I receive.
- Ah, do you have any questions? Is that enough?
- Not at the moment. But if we do we’ll call back.
- That’s a Roger, but hold on.
- I got…. (muffled background conversation)...the aircraft...good.
- Digest for Duplex. Go ahead.
- Go ahead Digest, this is Duplex.
- Could you call Dr. John Walsh in Washington and advise him of our arrival?
- That is affirmative.
- Okay.
- Where does Lace want Dr. Walsh to meet her? Where?
- Say again sir.
- Digest, this is Duplex. Where does Lace want Doctor Walsh to meet her?
- Ah,…at the White House when we get there with her.
- At the White House…..That’s affirmative.
- Standby. I don’t have anything but I think they want the line open here.
- This is Crown. I have Witness standing by.
- Get up, hang up, ah. There’s another call here.
- Digest? Digest, Digest, this is Crown, come in?
- Digest, Digest, this is Crown, come in?
- Stand by Crown. (radio operator)
- Air Force, Air Force One, Andrews. (radio operator)
- Negative Crown, negative Crown.
- Air Force One, Andrews, say again sir.
- Air Force One, Air Force One, this is Crown, come in.
- This is Dagger - …. Crown...I have traffic for Behn.
- Air Force One, Air Force One, repeat.
[Break in tape]

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- Andrews Sideband, radio.
- Command Post Weather. We’re still waiting to bring up Air Force One. We’ve been waiting now for fifteen minutes, what’s up?
- Yes sir. We are running two patches at once into the White House and they are real busy. We can’t get through to them. They’re making arrangements to take the body off and everything else.
- Let me patch in for Air Force Weather so they know.
- I already told them that earlier.
- Go ahead sir.
- Go ahead sir.
- Weather’s on.
- Hello sir?
- We’re running two patches at one time to Air Force One from the White House, and they are making arrangements to take the casket and stuff off and we can’t get through to you, and as soon as we can we’ll give you a call.
- Okay, he needs that temperature before he gets there.
- Right sir. They should be done soon. They’ve been on it for quite a while now.
- Air Force One. Loud and clear. Okay
- ……Standby and we’ll have General Heaton come on this other line.
- Sir, Command Post weather has been trying to get a patch. Can we run it at this time, sir?
- Command Post? I have weather.
- Weather’s on. Go ahead.
- Weather on Air Force One, give them a call please?
(4:50) [10:00]
- Weather, Air Force One, go ahead.
- This is Command Post Weather, be advised of a severe weather area from forty miles west of Fleetwood, Mississippi, to twenty miles west of Glanville, Arkansas extending one twenty miles, one hundred miles to the east for tornadoes, tops five zero thousand, fifty thousand. I want you to be advised of that. I have a revised landing forecast for Andrews. If you are ready to copy, over.
- I will have to call you back on it.
- Roger.
- Okay I’ll call you right back on it.
- Okay.
- Whose this?
- Hello?
- Hello?
- Hello Crown?
- Hello Crown?

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- Andrews Sideband.Sir?
- This is Dorman, General LeMay’s aide. General LeMay is in a C-140; last three numbers are “497.” SAM C-140.
- “487” – last three numbers.
- Right. He is in bound. His code name is Grandson, and I want to talk to him.
- Grandson. Okay sir, we’ll see what we can do. We’re really busy with Air Force One right now.
- (Okay). You don’t have the (c)apiblity to work more than one, huh?
- Well, we’re running Air Force One on two different frequencies, we’re giving them two different patches at one time right now, and that’s all we can do.
- I see. And what is your drop, sir? Are you off [a] drop off the Washington switch?
- Well, I am, yes --- either drop 303 or 79225.
- 79225
- Either
- But if you can’t work him now it will be too late because he will be on the ground in a half hour.
- Okay, and what is your name again sir?
- Colonel Dorman. D-O-R-M-A-N
- (D-O-R-M-A-N. OK, I’ll try to get back to you if we can get him right away, sir.
- Thank you.
- (Right.)


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- Go ahead…Go ahead Liberty.
- (You want 18 upper [sideband], I have “970” on 90?)
- (You have “970” on 90.)
- (He’s “off” at 2115, copy that, he’s “off” at 2115, estimating 2330, relay to Alpha Juliet Two).
- For Andrews. (He was “off” ah, OK, he was “off” at 2115, estimating Andrews 2330, Alpha Juliet Two)
- That’s an affirmative (and we’re going to copy his, ah, ah, passenger list on teletype [?and/] send it to you.
- What does he want on eighteen.
- But I can’t right now I’m too busy.
- Okay.

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- Give us a call when you get through.
- Also have Liberty come up on five.
- Nab – N-A-B-
-Okay sir.
- Air Force One. Copy sir…
- Liberty.
- Roger Liberty. Loud and clear.
- (Static)
- Roger, Roger, okay, Take …. Correction. Take this and relay it for me and then I want to patch it.
- Liberty. Air Force One?
- Air Force One. This is Andrews.
- Air Force One, Andrews, go ahead sir.
- Okay, you can set up Command Post? Bring up to two, three zero, zero zulo.
- This is Andrews. Roger copy. We’ll rely that.
- Okay and pick up the weather warning from the Air Force Command Post and see if there’s anything to it please, we’ve got…..unless it’s important.
- Roger. Stand by One.
- …..bring up to nine zero….
- Air Force Command Post. Major Benson.
- Right. Can I have weather please?
- Just a minute.
- Weather on.
- Right Sir, I have Air Force One. He’s real busy and he wants to know how severe this weather warning is, if it was severe?
- It’s for tornadoes. That’s pretty severe.
- Okay. Hold on.
- Right.
- Air Force One. Air Force One. Andrews.
- Air Force One, Air Force One, Andrews. Do you copy sir?
- Do you read six, seven. Six, seven?
- Read…Loud and clear.
- Air Force One. Andrews. Loud and clear.
- I have the weather on and weather is pretty important sir. Will you give them a call sir?
- Air Force One, go ahead now please.
- All right. Break in weather.
- Be advised. Be advised that the severe weather area is for tornadoes, tornadoes is the severity. Radar reports tops in the area at the present time from forty seven to Fifty one thousand. Over.
- Roger, What area was that? I didn’t get it before.
- This is for an area forty miles west of Greenwood, Mississippi to twenty miles west of Glanville, Arkansas, and one hundred twenty miles east of both of these locations. It is on your flight path. Over.
- That is twenty miles east of both of those locations, is that correct?
- Right. If you draw a line from Greenwood to Glanville, and a hundred twenty miles east of that line.
- Okay.
- Your temperature at landing at Andrews six two, sixty two degrees.
- Roger that. Thank you. Over.

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Reel 2 Side One

- Stand by One.
- Air Force Once, this is Crown, come in.
- This is Dagger on Air Force One, to Crown.
- Roger, Roger. I have Freedom pardon…I have Witness standing by for a patch.
- We’ll have Witness in one minute. Could we go ahead with traffic for Behn now.
- Roger. You have someone calling Behn. Is that a Roger?
- This is Dagger calling Behn.
- Stand by.
- Dagger.
- Duplex is on, go ahead.
- Dagger to Duplex
- This is from Volunteer and Victoria relative to activities tonight.
- Go ahead Dagger, this is Duplex. You are aware that we will go to Crown for meeting?
- That is affirmative.
- Go ahead
- Crown, Crown.
- Air Force One go ahead sir.
- Volunteer will reside at Valley for an indefinite time. I repeat Volunteer will reside at Valley for an indefinite time. Victoria requests that Venus go to Valley with agents.
- Will you say again? Will you say again? Venus will go to Valley with agents?
- That is a Roger. Venus will go to Valley with agents.
- Victoria will go to Valley after first going to Crown. Over.
- Victoria will go to Valley after first going to Crown. Okay.
- That’s affirmative.
- Do you also understand that for residential purposes Volunteer will reside at Valley?
- That is affirmative. That is affirmative.
- Alright. That is all the traffic I have. ….you will get.
- Okay, okay.
- Do you have anything more for us now?
- That’s a negative.
- Okay.

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- Andrews to Crown.
- Will you give me a patch into Crown please?
- Roger, Standby One.
- White House.
- Roger. Standby for Air Force One.
- Roger.
(11:08) [23:35]
- Air Force One. Andrews. Crown.
- Crown, Air Force One. This is a message from Wing to Slugger. Slugger is to meet aircraft as soon as possible. If he cannot do this, he is to see Wing as soon as possible, as soon as possible. Go ahead.
- Roger. Roger. Wing to Slugger. Meet aircraft as soon as possible, if this is impossible, see Wing as soon as possible, go ahead.
- That is correct. Or contact him anyway feasible.
- Roger. Roger, Crown understands. Anything further? Go ahead.
- This weather is…
- Roger. Roger.

- Liberty, no one is on….go ahead
- Forcast for Andrews ground temperature.
- Roger, We’ll get it as soon as possible here.
- Okay.
- I have traffic for Crown.

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- …
- Air Force One. Air Force One, this is Crown, come in.
- Request Victoria … repeat … cance l … for commercial telephones. That is Volunteer and Victoria’s commercial telephones at Valley should be temporarily discontinued and security lines should be put in ,… get ……land…. personnel on that… you understand? Over.
- That’s a Roger Roger, cancel commercial lines at Valley, at Valley, and install blocker circuits, blocker circuits. Is that a Roger?
- That’s a Roger.
- Roger. Will Do.

(13:13) [2548]
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- Air Force?
- Air Force One. Andrews, go ahead.
- Give me Crown please?
- Roger eight one…go ahead.
- Winger?
- Stand by for Air Force One….Roger, Crown.
- Air Force One, Andrews, give Crown a call.
- Roger, Air Force One. We would like a patch with Winner, and ah, the patch is coming from Warrior. Go ahead.
- Roger, Roger, standby.
- Crown, Crown, this is Warrior, how do you read me? Over.
- Warrior from Crown, you are loud and clear. I am putting Winner on now to you. Roger.
- Hold on please.
- Air Force One stand by please.
- AF One from Crown, I now have…
- Crown. This is Warrior, I want Winner, I want Winner, over.
- Warrior, Warrior, from Crown, go ahead. Winner, Winner is on the line.
- Winner, Winner. This is Warrior. Do you read me, over?
- I hear you. Over.
- Winner, Winner, this is Warrior. Will you please advise press that normal press coverage including live TV will be allowed at the base. Volunteer, repeat, Volunteer will make statement on arrival, will make statement on arrival.
- Did you read that? Over.
- I read you clearly.
- Will you listen to my question? Is Mrs. Kennedy aboard Air Force One?
- Warrior. That is a Roger. That is a Roger. Over.
- Alright, the other thing is I am setting up a press section on the south lawn about 50 yards from the position of Helicopter Number One. Would that meet Mrs. Kennedy’s and the President’s approval?
- Winner, they are not returning to the house, they are not returning to the house, for your own information. They are going someplace else. I don’t want to go in on the radio on this one. So there will be an arrival there, but it will be Volunteer. It will be Volunteer. Over.
- Thank you. I will hold that information. And we can say something after you arrive. Hold it just a second. Let me look through my list of questions. Is it true that the body of President Kennedy will go to Bethesda Naval Hospital?
- That is a Roger, that is a Roger, but we are not saying that yet. Over.
- Well we’ve already said it. I should have checked it with you before doing it. But I don’t think it makes much difference. It takes a lot…It takes a lot off of us by doing it. I was in error. Over.
- So far as the there is no objection on the south lawn.
- Should it be live?
- There is no objection to that.
- (Unintelligible) lies, lies…Okay. Is there anything else?
- Will you repeat that?
- Is there anything else that I should know?
- Wait a minute. You are breaking. But let me think about this just a second will you?
- Yes, the power on this aircraft………We lost ….bell…..somewhere along the line, we don’t have AP aboard. But I have given them the statement Volunteer that he will make at the airport. Over.
- I understand you. Okay, over and out.
- Don’t go out on me yet. Are you still there Winner?
- Yes I am here.
- I think we are going to tell the press that on arrival, hold on just a minute, wait a minute, I have Clifton here, he is trying to give me something, hold it, over……
(background conversation, muffled).
- (muffled conversation).
- Winner, Winner, this is Warrior, the… can announce that on arrival, on arrival, he will meet with….at the White House……
(static – ten seconds)
-……later he will meet with the leadership, with the leadership. Did you read that? Over.
- Yes I did read that.
- Wait a minute. You are breaking badly. I cannot read. …
- Yes, yes. I understand, I will announce.
- Very good Winner. Now wait a minute, there is something else I am getting from Clifton I want to relay to you. Hold on.
- I can’t hear you at all.
- I can’t hear you at all Mac. Repeat.
- Repeat complete statement.
- I cannot read you. Will you repeat? Will you repeat your complete statement, your entire statement?
- My entire statement I will repeat. They said that on arrival at the house, the president will meet with McNamara and Bundy. And also if Rusk is in town he will meet with Rusk but I think he is in the Far East so it will probably be Ball. And after, a half hour after that meeting is over, we will meet with Congressional leadership at at,… now wait a minute, I’m getting a time on that, that’s eight o’clock, he will meet with leadership…. at eight o’clock, at eight o’clock. Did you read that? Over.
- I read it. Now is that bipartisan leadership or Democratic leadership?
- That is wholly bipartisan, wholly bipartisan.
- I understand you.
- Hold on for some other information. Do you mind holding Andy?
- No go right ahead.
- I have no more at this time. I hope you will be available so I can reach you if I get more information as it, as it develops? Over.
- Yes, over and out.

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- Air Force.
- Air Force One. This is Crown.
- This is Warrior to Crown, Crown, are you reading. Over.
- This is Crown, loud and clear.
- Hold on for transmission from Witness. From Witness.
- Roger, Roger, would also like to confirm at this time, would also like to confirm at this time, the request from AF One…
- This is Watchman. Over.
- This is Crown. Go ahead …
- Can you put Mister Bundy on?
- You were broken. You were broken, say again.
- Crown, this is Watchman. Please put Mister Bundy on the line. Over.
- Roger, Roger, standby.
- You’re party on this end is on. Go ahead and transmit to him.
- This is Watchman….
- ……Mac…..second and secretary MacNamare at six thirty at the White House. If Mr. Rusk is in town…..Mr. Rusk…..we do not, we do not, negative, we do not want the acting secretary. Over.
- Correct. Will you tell him that the acting cabinet will be at the airport to greet him. He can bring MacNamara and me in his chopper to the White House. Over.
- That is correct. That is all right. We can do that. Take another message. Over.
- Yea.
- Secondly. I talked to Jerry Behn about a White House staff meeting. There will be No, negative, no White House staff meeting tonight, that will be tomorrow.
- Correct. I have it. Let me repeat your message. Over.
- Okay.
- First that the President would like to meet with the Secretary and me at the White House on return from Andrews. Second that there will be no other meeting this evening. There will be a White Staff meeting tomorrow. Is that correct? Over.
- No that is not correct. He wants to meet with the leadership about seven-thirty, the leadership at seven-thirty. Over.
- Does he wish us to arrange that?
- He wants you to arrange that. Two meetings tonight. MacNamarea and Bundy, and the leadership.
- Does he mean only the Democratic leadership only? Over.
- Bipartisan leadership; and I’ll give you some names. Over.
- Right Over.
- Speaker of the House. [John McCormak]
- Yea.
- Carl Albert.
- Carl Albert.
- Hal Boggs.
- Yea.
- Charles Halleck
- Wait a moment. Say that one again.
- Leslie Arends
- Arends. Yea.
- (From) the Senate. Are you listening? Over.
- I have…Will you take from me what I have? Then we can go on.
- I’ll listen to you. Over.
- I have Speaker Carl Albert, Hale Boggs, and Leslie Arends. Over.
- This is Watchman. That is correct, and I will now continue with the Senate. Over.
- Mansfield.
- Right.
- Humphrey
- Yea.
- And Dirksen
- Hang on, hold it. Wait a moment. I have the first three, over.
- Repeat over.
- This is Watchman. Out.
- Hello, sir? Standby please. (radio operator)
- Yea.
- Watchman, Andrews. We’re still standing by for orders to carry out, sir.
- Crown, this is Angel. Crown, this is Angel. Out.
- Crown, Angel?
- This is Angel.
- Crown, Angel.
- Listen Angel, Would you? I broke down with Mister Bundy. Would you check his Senate list for me? Over
- I have Mansfield, Humphrey, Smathers. Over.
- This is Watchman. In addition to Mansfield, Humphrey, Smatters, we want Dirksen.
(24:03) [4000]
- Yea
- Kuchel and [Bourke] Hickenlooper [R. Iowa]. Over.
- Dirksen, Kuchel, Hickenlooper. Over.
- That is correct. For about seven thirty. Over.
- Seven thirty at the White House? Over.
- Seven thirty in the Cabinet Room. Over.
- Tell the Vice President the Cabinet Room is under rearrangement, but the Oval Room will be ready. Over.
- The Oval Room it will be, you mean the Fish Room?
- I mean, both the Fish Room, and the President’s Study and we will try to have the Cabinet Room. But that’s a detail, we can work that out. Over.
- This is Watchman. [Gen. Clifton (emphasizing)] HE DOES NOT WANT TO GO IN THE MANSION OR IN THE OVAL ROOM OR THE PRESIDENT’S STUDY OR THE PRESIDENT’S OFFICE. (Loud and with emphasis)
- Correct. [Bundy].
- I have you. I understand. Always in the West Wing. Over.
- I have nothing further. Over.
- This is Watchman, now please brief Duplex about the changes, so we don’t confuse it. Duplex is Jerry Behn. Over.
- Alright I will.
- See you in a little while. Over.
- Okay.

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- Air Force One
- This is Warrior to Crown, Crown
- Are you reading? Over.
- Warrior, Warrior. This is Crown. Loud and clear.
- Hold for Witness. This is Watchman. Over.
- Standby One I have another patch.
- I have Air Force One Andrews, please.
- Air Force One. Come in on another line down please.
- Andrews. Andrews sideband, will you give me Crown please?
- Give you who sir?
- Andrews?
- Who did you want to give a call?
- Crown. White House.
- White House. (Male voice)
- Roger. Stand by for Air Force One.
- Roger.
- Air Force One White House on.
- How do you read? Over.
- Air Force One this is Crown, you are loud and clear, go ahead
- White House, White House, will you give me another patch to Winner, Another patch to Winner.
- Roger, Standby.
- We are still standing by for Crown.
- Andrews, Andrews, this is Air Force One. Do I have that patch with Crown. Over.
- Andrews, Air Force One. We are still standing by for Winner through Crown.
- Will you repeat?
- We are still standing by for Winner. We are still standing by for Winner.
- That’s a Roger.
- Air Force One, Andrews.
- Crown, Crown. This is Warrior. Over.
- Warrior, Stand by. Winner is still in another patch, Winner is still in another patch.
- Crown.
- Will you repeat?
- Roger. We are still standing by for Winner. We are still standing by for Winner.
- That’s a Roger.
- One Andrews.
- Crown, Crown, this is Warrior. Over.
- Warrior, Andrews. Winner is still in another patch. Winner is still in another patch. I have another message for radio operator on Air Force One.
- Crown, Crown. Who is Winner on a patch with? Over.
- Standby One.
- Hello Andrews?
- Yea?
- Will you break in for me?
- Yes.
- Warrior? Crown.
- Crown, give him another call?
- Warrior, Warrior, this is Crown.
- Go ahead Crown.
- Warrior, this is Crown. We are having some difficulty in locating ah, Winner. Would you stand by please?
- That’s a Roger Crown, this is Warrior.
- Air Force One? Andrews? Hello?
- Is this Air Force One?
- Can you give me a quick check on that?
- I was just up there….
- How about bringing that thirteen through Liberty on the nose, and come back with it?
- Roger Stand by.

TB 4 – Patch 13
TB4 – 13

- Volunteer wants a patch to Mrs. Rose Kennedy as soon as possible.
- While I am working on that will you get Confirmation
- While you are checking on that I will work on Mrs. Kennedy for Volunteer.
- That is affirmative, confirmation on your request.
- That is affirmative.
- That is correct.
- Stand by for your party.
- Advise you to stand by for your party.
- I have a patch to Crown and I don’t want it broken.
- You are standing by.

End of LBJ Tape Reel 2, Side 1
LBJ Tape Reel 2, Side 2 (30:06)

- Now….
- Roger, Roger.
- Hello? (Women’s voice)
- Just a moment, Mrs. Kennedy.
- Just one moment now please.
- ….are you up?
- Hello? (Mrs Kennedy)

- Just one moment now please.
- Standby One now please.
- One, Air Force One, Air Force One, from Crown, come in.
- Crown, this is Air Force One, do you read us? Over.
- I’m reading you loud and clear.
- Are you ready for Volunteer? Go ahead.
- Yes, we are ready, can you put her on and I’ll turn you over to him, over.
- Roger, Roger, she is coming now.
- Air Force One from Crown. Mrs. Kennedy on, go ahead please.
- Hello, Mrs. Kennedy? Hello Mrs. Kennedy, we are talking from the airplane, can you hear me all right? Over.
- Hello?
- Yes, Mrs. Kennedy, I have….could hear you.
- Mrs. Kennedy?
- Yes, Yes Mr. President, Yes?
- I wish to God there was something I could do. And I want to tell you that we are grieving with you.
- Yes, well thank you very much. Thank you very much. I know, I know that you loved Jack and that he loved you.
- (Lady Bird) Mrs. Kennedy….we…..together….We……son…..
- Thank you Lady Bird, thank you very much. Goodbye.
- …. In our prayers ….all of you.
- All right. Thank you very much. Goodbye, Goodbye, Goodbye. (Phone hangs up).
- Crown, Crown, this is Warrior. I think that’s it.
- It’s over. Is that a Roger? Over.
- That’s a Roger, Warrior. Mrs. Kennedy has hung up. Go ahead.
- Now can you give me that patch to Walter Jenkins.
- Stand by One.

TB 4 – Patch 14
TB4 14

LBJ Library Tape Reel 2 Side One

- Crown, now will you get me that patch to Walter Jenkins in President Johnson’s office? Over.
- Roger, Standby One.
- And Crown, get somebody to come up on the Charlie set please?
- Liberty to Air Force One, are you on Nine?
- Roger, I still have…standing by for Warrior.
- Okay, bring him up on Nine, please. Crown, give Air Force One a call now.
- Air Force One, Air Force One, this is Crown, come in.
- Air Force One, Andrews, Crown is on, go ahead.
- Air Force One, Andrews, Crown is on, give them a call please.
- Crown, this is Warrior, do you read me? Over.
- Roger Warrior, this is Crown, standby for Winner. Go ahead.
- That’s a Roger, you are loud and clear.
- Warrior, Warrior, Winner is on, go ahead.
- Winner, this is Warrior, do you read me? Over.
- I read you.
- Winner, that first meeting will be Bundy and McNamara only. The President will meet with Rusk, U.S. Senators….probably going to be a different, be a different ah event….ah.
- I read you.
- Did you read that Winner?
- Yes, Yes.
- Crown, Crown, this is Warrior, do you read me? Over.
- Yes I do Warrior, I read you.
- ….aboard….I need Crown back again. I need Crown back again. Over.
- Yes, over and out. And I’ll….
- Crown
- Liberty?
- Crown?
- Yes?
- Roger, give Air Force One a call please.
- Roger. Air Force One, Air Force One, this is Crown, come in. Air Force One, this is crown, come in.
- Air Force One do you read me, come in?
- Crown, Crown, this is Warrior, do you read me? Over.
- Warrior, this is Crown, ah Roger, you are at Five Five, go ahead.
- Will you get me a patch with Mister Walter Jenkins….ah,…at President Johnson’s office. Over.
- Roger, Warrior, standby.
- Kill this call! Kill this call! I think we are overlapping on another call. Over.
- Roger.

TB4 – Patch 15
TB4 - 15

- This is Warrior. I mean Crown. This is Warrior on Air Force One. Go ahead.
- Roger, Roger. On your request for Jenkins, he is on route to Andrews, on route to your destination. Go ahead.
- That’s a Roger Crown. I will pass that word on.

TB 4 – Patch 16
TB4 – 16

LBJ Library Tape Reel 2 Side Two

- Air Force One, Volunteer would like a patch to the Governor Connally…that’s Governor Connally of Texas. Mrs. Connally, the Governor’s wife. Go ahead.
- Volunteer would like a patch with Mrs. Connally, Governor Conally’s wife. Is that a Roger?
- That is a Roger.
- Roger, Roger, standby one.
- Roger, we have Dallas on the line and are trying to contact her now. Standby please.
- Standing by.
- Crown, come in.
- ….so far….
- Roger, Roger that’s right, Standby One.
- Crown to Air Force One
- Air Force One from Crown. The Connally residence in Dallas is on the line, on the line, and Mrs. Connally is available to speak with Mister Johnson if he can get to the phone patch. Go ahead.
- Roger, he wants specifically to speak with her. Go ahead.
- Roger, standby just a moment. AF One, AF One from Crown, will you put Volunteer on please? Mrs. Connally is on the line, standing by for his call.
- Standby One.
- Can you hear me?
- …..reasuring….the surgeon….speaking about John….is so reassuring…how about it…..(static)
- I can’t hear you too well.
-…Can you hear me? (Volunteer/LBJ)
- Yes.
- (LBJ) I know that everything is going to be all right, isn’t it?
- (Nellie Connally) Yes, it’s going to be all right.
- God bless you darlin’.
- The same to you.
- …for me….
- Good luck.
- Goodbye.
- Goodbye.
- Goodbye.
- Air Force One, Andrews, Go ahead. Crown
- Roger, we have an echo. Is that you or down the line?
- I believe it is down the line, sir. Call….
- Air Force One.
- Air Force One. Crown. Go ahead.
- - Roger. That about completes it for now.
- If you could standby Air Force One, we have a couple of people down the line who would like to talk to you, if you could standby.
- [56:54]

TB 4 Patch 17
TB4 – 17

LBJ Library Tape Reel 2 Side One

- Roger, go ahead.
- Command Post.
- Air Force One, go ahead Command Post.
- Air Force Command Post.
- Go ahead Command Post, Air Force One.
- 3-7-3 (departing at) … 2-1-4-1 Zulu.
- Roger, do you copy?
- ….this information passed to…
- ….(Ah, roger, and ah,) who does this information go to? Go ahead.
(10:14) [57:40]
- Say again?
- (Roger)…Who is this information passed to, go ahead?
- Air Force One, Air Force One. [This is] (Air Force Command Post over.)
- (Command Post, Air Force One) I read you loud and clear. I understand Three, Three (“373”) departed at Two One Four One (2141). Who do you wish to notify about this? Go ahead.
- Ah, it is very clear sir that the time of departure is… (the one) …. with the president cars on board.
- Roger, will pass that …know where that goes now.
- Thank you.
- Okay, will you call Command Post and request two, scratch that, four air police meet the airplane? We want two in the front of the airplane and two in the rear. Go ahead.
- Air Force One. You are requesting four staff cars, two staff cars with air police, two in front and two in the rear. Is that correct?
- We don’t want cars, we want air police. We want security people, we want four of them. Two at each door of the airplane. Go ahead.
- Air Force One, Andrews. Roger. Will abide. SAM.
- Roger, thank you.

TB 4 – Patch 18
TB4 – 18

- A F One, A F One from Crown, come in.
- Crown, Air Force one, go ahead.
- Roger, Roger, stand by for a patch from Tanker, Tanker
- Roger.
- A F One, A F One, Tanker on the line. Go ahead Tanker.
- Hello Andrews, hello Andrews, may I speak with Watchman or Tiger, Watchman or Tiger? Over.
- Watchman on another line. Stand by for Tanker.
- Standing by for Tiger.
- Tiger, how do you read?
- Five by Five, Tiger, Five by Five. I have been informed from Dallas that it was desired that the aircraft be parked at an isolated spot when you arrive here. However, Watchman had a long discussion with ah, Behn, and nothing about that was mentioned. And the present plan on the ground here is to spot you at the regular place, unless Watchman says now that this is not desired. Over.
- I believe that we would park at the regular place, Tiger. Where did you get that information down at Dallas? Over.
- It was from the U.S. A F Command Post agent there. And I understand from him that you had told him to do this. Over.
- We told him to look into that. We were going to discuss it in flight. Go ahead with the regular plan and park in the regular place. Ask… get in touch with you and pass on instructions to him. We need steps to the right front of the aircraft. The press box will be on the left front of the aircraft, and President Johnson will deplane at the front of the aircraft. And we need a fork lift at the rear of the aircraft….will deplane on the right side. Over.
- Understand. Tiger. Understand those instructions, and they have all been carried out. We will continue with the plan to spot you in the regular place. There will be a ramp left front, a ramp right front, a fork lift left rear, press area left front. Over.
- Keep in touch. Roger and out.

TB 4 – Patch 19
TB4 – 19

LBJ Tape: Reel 2 Side Two - Patch 5

- Crown, patch …call anybody you want.
- Roger.
- A F One, A F One, from Crown.
- Crown, A F One. Go ahead.
- Roger, Roger. Could you pass this to Wing. Pass this to Wing, that on his message to Slugger, Slugger was still in Dallas, still in Dallas, and has been advised to contact Wing as soon as he possibly can.
- Roger, Air Force One, copy. Will pass.
- Roger, Roger. Crown out for now. Do you have anything further A F One?
- Roger, Standby One, we have another patch for Warrior.

TB 4 – Patch 20
TB4 – 20

- Crown? Give Air Force One a call.
- Air Force One, Crown, go ahead.
- Okay, I need Capitol Four, Three, Two, Nine, One, extension Four, Nine Three.
- Four, Three, Two, Nine, One, extension Four, Nine Three.
- Roger, Roger. Understand. Anyone particular there?
- Roger, anyone at that number.
- Roger, Roger, standby.
- A. F. One, A. F.
……..from Crown, was that extension Four, Nine Three?
- That is affirmative. Congressman Thomas’ office.
- Say again the Congressman’s name, as they say they have no such extension.
- Congressman Thomas. Hotel, Oscar, Biker, Alpha, Sierra.
- Roger, Roger, standby, Congressman Thomas’ office on the line.
- Roger, this is the airplane. The congressman is requesting that you place his door key under, ah….the doormat of his ah… residence. Go ahead.
- (Women’s voice) Okay. Hello?
- Hello? Did you hear me? Are you there?
- There will be someone at the residence.
- I understand the house will be open and there will be someone at the residence. Is that correct?
- Hello. This is Crown. I understand that the residence will be occupied and there will be someone at the residence.
- Okay, fine Crown. Thank you very much.
- Roger, Crown out.

TB 4 – Patch 21
TB4 – 21

- Andrews, will you check on the ground temperatures when you get a moment?
- Roger.
- The last …was if Volunteer was aboard? Go ahead.
- Just a moment.
- Andrews, the temperature, the present temperature is 64 degrees.
- Okay.
- Crown. What will the temperature be at Zulu time.
- Zulu?
- Make it 62.
- 63?
- 62.
- 62. Got it.

TB 4 – Patch 22
TB4 – 22

- Will have to rescind …...
- ...Yes, yes, we’re not going to be able to rescind…we only get them on one circuit now.
- Oh, I see. We’ll just notify the people.
- All right, thank you very much….
- This is Liberty. Roger.
- Air Force One, Andrews.
- Air Force One. Go ahead.
- Roger, Present temperature is 64 degrees. 2300 forecast, Six two degrees.
- Roger. Thank you.

TB 4 – Patch 23
TB4 – 23

- Air Force one. Will you give me the Command Post please?
- Roger, sir.
- Air Force Command Post…
- Sideband…Air Force One for a patch.
- Roger, Stand by for Air Force One.
- Air Force One, Command Post. Go ahead….
- Roger Command Post, Air Force One, we checked Crown Royal at 2242, and are descending…remains 2305, go ahead.
- Roger. Air Force One. Command Post…
- (women’s voice) … (unintelligible)
- Standby…ah, he’s on the television set right now.
- (women’s voice) It’s very important.
- Who’s calling please?
- …. in Dallas.
- Can you standby? Over.
- This is Air Force One. Warrior is unable to speak with you at the present time, and asks you if you will please call the White House in about 30 minutes.
- Roger. Out.
- Roger.

TB 4 – Patch 24
TB4 -24

Reel 2, Side 2

- Andrews, this is Air Force One.
- Air Force One. Go ahead.
- Can you give me Air Force Command Post please?
- SAM Command Post. Captain Benson.
- Roger, sideband on Air Force Once for a patch.
- Okay, go ahead.
- Roger, Air Force One, Andrews, SAM Command Post on, go ahead.
- Roger. Do you have an ET on the C130 with the vehicles?
- Negative, sir. Haven’t heard a thing.
- Ah, okay, right, thank you.
- We will check it out.

TB 4 – Patch 25
TB4 – 25

- Air Force Command Post…sir.
- Sideband from Air Force One coming in.
- White House (operator)
- Standby for Air Force One.
- Roger.
- Go ahead Andrews.
- Command Post, Air Force One landed Andrews at Two Three Zero Zero.
- Roger…2300
- Loud and clear.
- Andrews, make it ah….Zero Four please.
- Air Force One, Andrews, arrived on the block at Zero Four.
- Good day sir.
- Thank you.


T–1 = 5 Patches – LBJ Tape
T-2 = 2 Patches – Clifton Tape
T-3 = 22 Patches – Combined Tapes
TB3=17 Patches – Combined Tapes
TB4=24Patches – Combined Tapes
Total 70 Patches Combined Tapes