As they arrived at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, the Bidens wore Air Force One jackets in tribute to the military branch, which on Sunday marks the 75th anniversary of its establishment. In 1947, President Harry Truman signed legislation aboard the first dedicated presidential aircraft, officially establishing the US Air Force as a branch of the military.
On Saturday morning, the Bidens walked out of the White House residence, crossing the South Lawn together to board Marine One en route to Joint Base Andrews. The first lady wore her Air Force One jacket, while the President was wearing a suit.
When the first couple arrived at Joint Base Andrews, both were wearing matching Air Force One jackets as they crossed the tarmac with Col. Matthew Jones, Commander of the 89th Airlift Wing, and his wife, Christie.
The Bidens then boarded Air Force One, stopping at the top of the plane’s steps to wave to the large crowd of attendees gathered.
To mark the Air Force’s 75th anniversary, Joint Base Andrews on Sunday is hosting an airshow featuring static displays and aerial demonstrations, with more than 100,000 public attendees, the White House said.
He had initially been slated to hold his first bilateral meeting with Truss in London on Sunday, but their meeting will now take place Wednesday back in the US, the White House confirmed.
The two leaders will meet in New York when both attend the United Nations General Assembly, the White House said Saturday.