I was slumming on the Internet when I ran across this comment from just this past December (image hyperlinks to original comment):
That seemed odd since I saw Air Force One in person not long ago, so I checked my photos from Barack Obama’s appearance in Asheville, NC, last October and found this:
I counted the stars and I counted the stripes and they were all there (50 and 13 respectively).
Perhaps they confused Air Force One, with Marine One. No, check out this December 2011 photo:
A little more research shows that what really happened was that Candidate Barack Obama in 2008, traveled in an Obama campaign aircraft that didn’t have an American flag on its tail after a new paint job. It wasn’t Air Force One. You can read a heavily spun story about it titled “Obama Ditches The American Flag” at the No Quarter web site.
The story was circulating in August of 2008, before Dr. Conspiracy appeared, and I wasn’t looking into such things back then. However, there is a little more to the story. You see, while the Obama campaign plane didn’t have a US Flag on the tail, it did have one on the side and I note that John McCain’s campaign plane didn’t have a flag on its tail either. FactCheck.org debunked this one and has some nice photos.
So this is an example of an old rumor, refurbished to make it current, unchecked, and untrue. I should add that the No Quarter web site presents the story in a confusing way, and someone with the mentality of a Birther might well think it was Air Force One. And now I will be a good boy and not say something further that I really should not say.