The Latest: Obama on his 445th mission aboard Air Force One

The Latest: Obama on his 445th mission aboard Air Force One
  1. The Latest: Obama on his 445th mission aboard Air Force One
    CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on President Barack Obama's farewell speech (all times C…
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CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on President Barack Obama's farewell speech (all times CST):

4 p.m.

President Barack Obama's final trip aboard Air Force One as president is his 445th mission on the presidential aircraft.

Obama is flying to Chicago to give his final presidential speech. The White House says he's traveled on the plane to 56 countries and to 49 of the 50 U.S. states. He's visited all 50 but never flown to Maryland.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest tells reporters aboard Air Force One that prior to Tuesday's flight, the plane had been airborne for 2,799 hours and 6 minutes during Obama's tenure. That's equivalent to spending 116 days on the plane.

Earnest says Air Force One is "a national treasure." He says Obama benefited deeply from use of the plane.


3:25 p.m.

President Barack Obama is taking an array of longtime friends, staffers and relatives along for his last trip as president.

Obama boarded Air Force One for the flight to Chicago along with first lady Michelle Obama, daughter Malia and sister Auma Obama, who is from Kenya. They were joined by Obama speechwriter Cody Keenan, national security adviser Susan Rice and counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco.

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife are also traveling to Chicago for the speech on a separate aircraft.

The White House says that before taking off from Andrews Air Force Base, Obama attended a farewell event with members of the U.S. Air Force division that supports presidential air travel.

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