Chatham Scale R/C Air-show 2009. Carl Bachuber's Air Force One - The Independence. After Roosevelt died in spring 1945, Vice President Harry S. Truman became President. He replaced the C-54 in 1947 with a modified C-118 Liftmaster, calling it the Independence. This was the first aircraft acting as Air Force One that had a distinctive exteriora bald eagle head painted on its nose.