The Bidens honor the 75th anniversary of the Air Force when they attend the Queen’s funeral


Arriving at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, the Bidens donned Air Force One jackets to honor the military branch, which celebrates its 75th anniversary on Sunday. In 1947, President Harry Truman signed into law the first dedicated presidential aircraft, officially establishing the US Air Force as a branch of the military.

On Saturday morning, the Bidens left the White House compound, 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 wore a suit.

When the couple first arrived at Joint Base Andrews, they both wore matching Air Force One jackets as they walked across the tarmac with Col. Matthew Jones, 89th Airlift Wing commander, and his wife, Christie.

The Bidens then boarded Air Force One, stopping at the top of the plane’s steps to greet the many gathered attendees.

To celebrate the Air Force’s 75th anniversary, Joint Base Andrews will host a static and aerial display on Sunday with more than 100,000 spectators, the White House said.

On Sunday in London, the Bidens will pay tribute to the late queen, whose coffin has been in Westminster Hall; sign the official condolence book; and participate in a reception organized by King Carlos III. On Monday, they will attend a state funeral for the Queen at Westminster Abbey, after which they will return to the US.
Biden is expected to see UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, who officially took office last week, informally at funeral engagements.

His first bilateral meeting with Truss in London was originally scheduled for Sunday, but the meeting will now take place in the US on Wednesday, the White House confirmed.

The two leaders will meet in New York when they both attend the United Nations General Assembly, the White House said on Saturday.