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Springfield-Branson National Airport has a runway that dates back over seven decades of presidential history.

When people hear that a president is coming to Springfield, they are always asked the following question: “Has a president ever been to Springfield Airport?”

A few. Airports are places where the eddies and crosscurrents of presidential history converge.

Here is a list of presidents who have been to our airport. Some have been here more than once. We have also included a few presidential-related visits. While this is not a complete list, it is just the visits we have documented.


Presidents on visit

Six sitting presidents have visited SGF Airport, including Harry S. Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush, George W. Bush and Donald J. Trump.

Harry S. Truman, June 1952

President Harry S. Truman at SGF, 1952. (Image provided by Springfield-Branson National Airport)

Gerald Ford, 1976

President Gerald Ford arrives at the airport in 1976. The plane, which serves as Air Force One, has the tail number “SAM 27000.” It is now on permanent display at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. (Image provided by Springfield-Branson National Airport)
President Ford battles crowds at the airport during his 1976 visit. Note the old terminal in the background at 5000 W. Kearney Street. (Image provided by Springfield-Branson National Airport)
President Ford shakes hands with supporters during his 1976 visit. Note the old Tower Control building in the background. (Image provided by Springfield-Branson National Airport)

George W. Bush, 2006

President George W. Bush salutes before ascending the stairs to Air Force One. (Image provided by Springfield-Branson National Airport)
President George W. Bush waves before boarding Air Force One. (Image provided by Springfield-Branson National Airport)

Donald J. Trump, 2017

President Donald Trump arrives at the airport in August 2017. (Image provided by Springfield-Branson National Airport)

Visiting presidential election campaigns

The Kennedy/Johnson campaign team headed to Springfield in 1960. Claudia Alta Taylor Johnson, better known as “Lady Bird” Johnson, is pictured below campaigning for JFK and her husband Lyndon Baines Johnson.

“Lady Bird” Johnson at the airport, 1960. Campaign for Kennedy/Johnson. (Image provided by Springfield-Branson National Airport)
“Lady Bird” Johnson speaks to a crowd in Springfield, Missouri while holding a bouquet of flowers. (Image provided by Springfield-Branson National Airport)
“Lady Bird” Johnson is escorted across the tarmac in Springfield, Missouri, during a visit in 1960. (Image provided by Springfield-Branson National Airport)

Vice Presidents and First Ladies:

Richard Nixon visited Springfield, Missouri, in 1960. Later, in 1970, his wife Pat Nixon visited the airport. In 2006, Vice President Dick Cheney visited Springfield-Branson National Airport. First Lady Michelle Obama also visited Springfield Airport in 2013.

Vice President Dick Cheney arrives at the airport in April 2006. (Image provided by Springfield-Branson National Airport)

Although Springfield-Branson National Airport is located nearly 900 miles from Washington, DC by air, over the past seven decades we have had the honor and privilege of welcoming some of the nation’s most powerful politicians and officials.


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