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LBJ Swearing-In, Original Photo Signed by New President, Photographer, & Air Force One Pilot!

A photograph of Lyndon B. Johnson being sworn-in as president aboard Air Force One on November 22, 1963, mounted on a larger sheet signed by Lyndon B. Johnson, photographer Cecil Stoughton, and Air Force One pilot Colonel James Swindal. Near fine. The glossy black and white photograph measures 5.75" x 4.75" while the mount measures 5.75" x 9.125".

Signed or inscribed by, from top to bottom:

- 36th U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973) signed as "Lyndon B. Johnson".

- Cecil W. Stoughton (1920-2008), JFK White House photographer, inscribed and signed by him as: "I took this / famous photograph / 22 Nov. 1963 / Cecil A Stoughton / W.H. Photographer".

- James B. Swindal (1917-2006), U.S. Air Force Colonel and presidential pilot, inscribed and signed by him as: "'As Presidential Pilot of Air Force One / I flew President Kennedy to Dallas and / President Johnson and the body / of President Kennedy back to Andrews / Air Force Base on November 22, 1963.' / Col James Swindal / Presidential Pilot / AF ONE (SAM 26000)".

Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in by Texas Judge Sarah T. Hughes just a little over one hour after 35th U.S. President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) was declared dead at Dallas's Parkland Memorial Hospital. Johnson stood side by side with Jackie Kennedy, still wearing her blood-spattered suit, in a cabin crowded with witnesses.

Cecil Stoughton, who acted as President Kennedy's official White House photographer during his 34 months in office, took an estimated 8,000 photographs of the First Family. Stoughton was at first reluctant to photograph the swearing-in ceremonies considering the gruesome circumstances, but ultimately he considered it too important a "history-making moment" not to document it.

Colonel James B. Swindal had served as Kennedy's personal pilot since 1960. Swindal piloted the Boeing 707 aircraft--referred to as Air Force Once when the President was on board, and by its Special Air Mission designation SAM 26000 when he was not--since 1963. As he recalled in his statement, Colonel Swindal had flown the President from Fort Worth to Dallas the morning of November 22, 1963. That afternoon, he oversaw the removal of approximately four rows of seats aboard the aircraft to accommodate JFK's coffin, and then flew to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland with Kennedy's remains. Colonel Swindal served briefly during the Johnson administration before retiring from the Air Force in 1971.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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