When it is about the President of the United States, it is sure that he will have unique modes to travel anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice. After we talked about its Beast Car fully equipped for president’s security and needs, now we need to talk about his another transportation option, flying aboard Air Force One. Official ‘Plane’ of The US President, it is definitely interesting us in knowing about the amazing facts about the Air Force One.
Air Force One – Amazing Facts and Secrets Revealed
Air Force One isn’t technically a plane, but a mere name given to any craft in which the President of the US is moving. Air Force One as it is referred avoids the confusion with any other planes in the area.
Two of these customized Boeing 747-200B jets regularly flies under the designation of Air Force One, which looks very identical.
Wherever it flies, it leaves behind the most recognizable symbols of the presidency. The American flag, plane emblazoned with the words ‘United States of America’ and the Seal of the President of the United States makes it easily recognized and unique.
Air Force One is equipped with advanced secure communications equipment’s and also allows the craft to move as a mobile command center during the event of an attack.
Interiors and Features of Air Force One Plane [Pics]
It is also referred as ‘The Flying Oval Office’ or ‘The Flying White House’.
Like his Beast like lavish car, The Air Force One also features all the features needed by the President. The president and his companion can enjoy 4,000 square feet of floor space on the three levels inside the craft.
Air Force One includes a lavish suit for the President, which includes a large office, lavatory and a conference room.
Not only this, Air Force One also has a medical suite where a doctor is permanently on board and it also functions as an operating room. The Plane also has two-food galley, which can feed 100 people in one go!
A part of the White House Military Office, named as the Presidential Airlift Group maintains and operates the Air Force One.
Extensive and impressive on board electronics features almost 85 on-board telephones, a collection of two-way radios, fax machines and computer connections. Not only this, it also has 19 televisions and assorted office equipment.
It is a military aircraft, designed to withstand an air attack. The plane it also fitted with electronic countermeasures (ECM) to jam enemy radar.
Off limits to many is this plane. Some of the visiting politicians and journalists are not even allowed in some part of the plane to maintain the security.
Voice Control and Cruise Control options are also there which also functions like a satellite in space. This is done to keep the president safe at all times even against satellite tracking.
When Air Force One flies, several other cargo planes fly ahead of it to provide the President with the services he needs in remote areas.
‘Air Force One’ call sign was created majorly after an incident that took place in 1953 during which a Lockheed Constellation carrying President Dwight D. Eisenhower entered the airspace as a commercial flight using the same call sign. Hence a unique name was invented.
Since late 1950, lot many aircraft types have been used as Air Force One and it is looking into replacing the two VC-25 Aircraft with three replacement aircraft beginning in 2017.
Truman had signed the National Security Act of 1947 into law, which became the first plane to be designated as the Air Force One.
The 747 Boeing can be refueled in mid air and hence, is able to stay sky borne without landing for quite a long time.
Air Force One is stationed at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Every time the President travels, a helicopter is used to bring the president from the White House to the Andrews.
The President and advisors can get in touch even when flying at 15,000 meters with anyone in the world. Isn’t that great?
In 1990, the old 707 aircraft was replaced by the 747 and is in use till today.