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Know about Air Force One, American Presidents Aircraft - the Flying White house –

Know about Air Force One, American Presidents Aircraft - the Flying White house

Whenever American President is traveling in a plane, that plane is called as an Air force one plane.

No matter where in the world the President travels, if he flies in an Air Force jet, the plane is called Air Force One.

When President travels in Air force one in event of war, he can manage, handle, control nuclear war from this Air Force one plane.

Even visiting politicians and journalists aren't allowed in some parts of the air force one.

Every Air Force One flight is classified as a military operation

Before Air force one reaches to the destination, the special aircraft C141 Starlifter cargo carrier planes reach to that destination which carry bulletproof limousines and vans, loaded with weaponry

Air force one plane got the status of most desired, most photographed plane in the world.

Currently 2 Boeing VC-25As - tail numbers SAM 28000 and SAM 29000 – specifically configured, highly customized Boeing 747-200B series aircraft are used as for the President of America , and as they are used by the President of USA, they planes are called as Air Force One

SAM= Special Air Mission

When the president is aboard either aircraft, or any Air Force aircraft, the radio call sign is "Air Force One."

These aircraft are flown by the Presidential Airlift Group, and are assigned to Air Mobility Command's 89th Airlift Wing, Andrews Air Force Base, and Md.

Air Force Two is the air traffic control call sign used by any United States Air Force aircraft carrying the Vice President.
Boeing C-32, a modified 757 is most commonly used as the Vice President's transport.

Year 1930 - American Citizens started to use commercial planes for travelling.

Year 1943 – First time idea came that a special plane is required for the President of America to travel to increase the security and safety of president of America.

February 1945 - A C-54 Skymaster was then converted for presidential use and was used by the President Franklin D. Roosevelt

This VC-54C aircraft, nicknamed the Sacred Cow, included a sleeping area, radio telephone, and retractable elevator to discreetly lift Roosevelt in his wheelchair.

National Security Act of 1947, was signed by President Truman while onboard the VC-54C, that is Air Force One.

1948 - C-118 Liftmaster aircraft became the Air Force One aircraft replacing VC-54C
This aircraft was also called Independence and with a bald eagle head painted on its nose.

1953 - The term Air force one was created for the plane in which President of America travels. To avoid the confusion between other aircrafts, planes unique call sign "Air Force One" was introduced for the presidential aircraft.

1962 - John F. Kennedy administration purchased a C-137 Stratoliner, a modified long-range 707—Special Air Mission (SAM) 26000
SAM 26000 was in service from 1962 to 1998, serving Presidents Kennedy to Clinton.
The first VC-25A -- tail number 28000 -- flew as "Air Force One" on Sept. 6, 1990, when it transported President George Bush to Kansas, Florida and back to Washington, D.C.

A second VC-25A, tail number 29000 transported Presidents Clinton, Carter and Bush to Israel for the funeral of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Air Force One usually does not have fighter aircraft to escort the presidential aircraft over the United States

Air Force one is equipped with advanced secure communications equipment, allowing the aircraft to function as a mobile command center in the event of an attack on the United States.

General Characteristics of the Air Force One

Primary Function: Presidential air transport

Contractor: Boeing Airplane Co.

Power Plant: Four General Electric CF6-80C2B1 jet engines

Thrust: 56,700 pounds, each engine

Length: 231 feet, 10 inches (70.7 meters)

Height: 63 feet, 5 inches (19.3 meters)

Wingspan: 195 feet, 8 inches (59.6 meters)

Speed: 630 miles per hour (Mach 0.92)

Ceiling: 45,100 feet (13,746 meters)

Maximum Takeoff Weight: 833,000 pounds (374,850 kilograms)

Range: 7,800 statute miles (6,800 nautical miles) (12,550 kilometers)

Crew: 26 (passenger/crew capacity: 102)

Introduction Date: Dec. 8, 1990 (No. 28000); Dec. 23, 1990 (No. 29000)

Date Deployed: Sept. 6, 1990 (No. 28000); Mar. 26, 1991 (No. 29000)

Inventory: Active force, 2; ANG, 0; Reserve, 0

Capable of refueling midair

Interior of Air Force One –

The President and his travel companions enjoy 4,000 square feet of floor space on three levels, including an extensive suite for the President that features a large office, lavatory, and conference room.

Air Force one includes a medical suite that can function as an operating room and a doctor is permanently on board.

The plane’s two food preparation galleys can feed 100 people at a time.

Air Force One also has quarters for those who accompany the President, including senior advisors, Secret Service officers, traveling press, and other guests.

Several cargo planes typically fly ahead of Air Force One to provide the President with services needed in remote locations.

Principal differences between Air Force One and the standard Boeing 747 include state-of-the-art navigation, electronic and communications equipment; its interior configuration and furnishings; self-contained baggage loader; and front and aft air-stairs.

It has 85 onboard telephones, a collection of two-way radios, fax machines and computer connections.

It also has 19 televisions and assorted office equipment.

The phone system is set up for normal air to ground connections and secure lines.
The president and his staff can reach just about anybody in the world while cruising tens of thousands of feet in the air.

The plane is outfitted with electronic counter measures (ECM) to jam enemy radar. The plane can also eject flares to throw heat-seeking missiles

On Air Force One How much Money is spend by American Government ?

The U.S. military has provided an updated estimate on that cost, first published by a taxpayer watchdog group and confirmed by FoxNews.com, and the number is staggering $181,757 per hour.

Air force one per Hour Spending amount is $181,757

Now my question is does it include cost of all planes or just only one plane Air force one.
If this is cost of one plane then amount should 2 times or 3 times more.

Does it include cost of Marine One, C 17 Global master and other planes and helicopters which fly with President of America?

Watch the Video On Board Air force One National Geographic

Watch the video of Air Force one –

Below is the photo of Air Force One Air craft –

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Neha November 06, 2010  

I didn't know these things..thanks for sharing :)

Bikram November 06, 2010  

I only know from the movie airforce one :)

SG November 06, 2010  

Thanks for the nice information. The helicopter which takes the US President from and to the White House is called Marine One.

sm,  November 06, 2010  


sm,  November 06, 2010  


sm,  November 06, 2010  


NRIGirl November 07, 2010  

@Sm! If you haven't already, please watch the movie Air Force One - Bikramjit has mentioned. It is one of my favorites...

Thank you for the generous info on Airforce One!

~ NRIGirl

Insignia November 07, 2010  

Nice information. Thanks for sharing.

sm,  November 07, 2010  

yes the movie Air force one is good i like that movie.
It is one of my favorites and will add information producers of that movie Wanted Bill clinton to act as a President in that movie

sm,  November 07, 2010  


Henry Mutebe December 13, 2010  

This is simply unimaginable... things happen and we remain wondering... Air Force One is a wonder.

sm,  December 13, 2010  

Henry Mutebe,,