18 Mind Blowing Facts about Airforce One, The Flying White House.

 

 

1. Its the Presidential Factor. 

President Obama and the first lady boarding Airforce one.
President Obama and the first lady boarding Airforce one.

“Air Force One” is not the name of one particular plane.  Its the name given to any plane that the President of United States is travelling at that particular moment. Basically a radio call name given to the plane carrying the president in order to avoid confusion with other planes travelling in that particular area. Similarly the Army aircraft the president is travelling is called Army One, his helicopter is called Marine One.

2. The Airforce one are Twins. Guess the right one.! 

The view of Air Force One from its Twin.
The view of Air Force One from its Twin.

The president regularly flies in either of the two customized Boeing 747-200B jets specifically designed for him and they are very identical to each other and stand as tall as a six story building.

3. The Official Airplane standing as a Symbol of Presidency.

President  Obama Boarding Airforce One in Rome, Italy.
President Obama Boarding Airforce One in Rome, Italy.

Air Force One is designed to be recognized as one of the main symbols of the presidency. It is made sure to be looked intimidating and be its presence noticed wherever it goes. Its symbol consists of the words “United States of America” ,  The American flag  and the Seal of the President of the United States.

 

4. Unlimited Range of Travel and Refueling in Air. Is that Like super Awesome.?! 

 

Airforce One Boarding Time

The Air Force One has unlimited range and can carry the President wherever he needs to travel without a stop. So, you might be wondering how is the plane refueled?? Its done on air. A fuel plane arrives when needed and refuels Airforce one in its flight so that it doesn’t need to stop for a refueling session.

 

5.  The Flying White House. 

President Obama talks to senior advisors aboard Airforce one.
President Obama talks to senior advisors aboard Airforce one.

The onboard electronics are designed to withstand an electromagnetic pulse,  the plane is equipped with electronic counter measures (ECM) to jam enemy radar so that no one can trace the flight path of the plane,  85 onboard telephones, a collection of two-way radios, It is also capable of ejecting flares to disarm missiles from enemy crafts, and the plane is equipped with advanced secure communications equipment allowing it to function as a mobile command center in the event of an attack on the United States for which reason it is called  as  “The flying White House”.

6. The Mobile Bunker and the Safest Fleet on the Planet Earth.

On the terrorist attacks of September 11 of 2001 the Airforce One is showed that it is capable of performing functions as a mobile bunker when all ground positions felt insecure because of the attacks.

Cockpit view of Airforce One as President Obama arrives in Marine One.
Cockpit view of Airforce One as President Obama arrives in Marine One.

 

7. A Real Fast and High Flying Bird. 

 

President Obama's Arrival at Brussels- The Airforce One.
President Obama’s Arrival at Brussels- The Airforce One.
It can travel at a top speed of  1,126 km/hour and fly at a maximum height of  45,100 feet ( Commercial flights fly about 30,000 feet).

 

8. Custom Designed For the President. 

 

"Work Goes On" aboard Airforce One.
“Work Goes On” aboard Airforce One.

The Airforce One is custom Designed by Boeing in design collaboration with The White House and the Secret Services.

 

9. The Long Range Flight for the President’s Visits around the World. 

 

Airforce One at LA
It can carry about  203,000 litres of fuel and weighs 377,000 kgs when it is fully loaded for a long-range flight and is capable of flying half way around the world.

 

10. A Huge Office for the President in the Air.

 

President Obama at work aboard Airforce One enroute Mexico
The 3 floors of the plane gives  4,000 square feet of floor space which includes a living space for  the President which features a Hi-tech office, conference room living quarters with his own bedroom, bathroom, workout gym, a mini hospital with medical personnel, an operating room, and a kitchen which can feed 100 people at a time.

 

11. A Mobile Quarters for the Officers and the Staff. 

 

White house staff boarding airforce one in boeing fields, Seattle.
White house staff boarding airforce one in boeing fields, Seattle.
Air Force One is also capable of providing living quarters for people travelling with the President which includes the senior advisors, Secret Service officers, traveling press, and other guests.

 

12. Airforce One is received by The Presidential Limousine which flies prior in a Cargo Flight. 

 

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A set up of Several cargo planes typically fly surrounding of Air Force One to provide the President with services needed in remote locations if needed.

 

13. Every Detail of AirForce One is a Top Secret. 

 

President Obama and former president George Bush aboard Airforce One enroute South Africa.
President Obama and former president George Bush aboard Airforce One enroute South Africa.
Many people even from the higher political sect doesn’t have the permission to even visit the plane. Even the smallest details of the plane are kept a secret from everyone.

 

14. EM waves from Nuclear Blast can also not Stop the Communication System of the Airforce  One.  

 

President Obama talks to Hamid karzai of Afganisthan aboard Airforce One.
President Obama talks to Hamid karzai of Afganisthan aboard Airforce One.
The president and his staff can reach just about anybody in the world while cruising tens of thousands of feet in the air using the telecommunications system of Airforce one. The onboard electronics include about 238 miles of wiring and the Heavy shielding is tough enough to protect the wiring and crucial electronics from the electromagnetic pulse associated with a nuclear blast.

 

15. Designed to withstand Air Attacks. 

 

Marine One and Airforce One in a picture with President Obama and the First Lady Boarding.
Marine One and Airforce One in a picture with President Obama and the First Lady Boarding.
Air Force one is designed to withstand an air attack. The plane is outfitted with electronic counter measures (ECM) to jam enemy radar. The plane can also eject flares to disable enemy missiles.

 

16. A Star Service all the time. 

 

President Obama has an Aerial View of Cairo from Airforce One
President Obama has an Aerial View of Cairo from Airforce One
Air Force One can comfortably carry 70 passengers and 26 crew members . These crew members are carefully screened military personnel, with exemplary service histories. Even the crew members who prepare meals must operate with a high level of security. For example, when buying food, they must hit the stores undercover, and they must select markets at random, in order to protect the president from a poison attack. Onboard the plane, the crew provides 24-hour first class service.

 

17. Its all a family once it takes off. 

 

President Obama Singing Happy Birthday song for a Flight Attendant's Birthday aboard Airforce One
Most presidents form close connections with their flight crew, and the final Air Force One flight is always an emotional trip. The Air Force One is maintained and operated by the Presidential Airlift Group which is a  part of the White House Military Office. It  was founded in 1944 as the Presidential Pilot Office at the direction of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Various propeller-driven aircraft were used till 1962. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy became the first President to fly in a jet specifically built for presidential use – a modified Boeing 707. Over the years, several other jet aircraft have been used. The the current aircraft is delivered in 1990 during the administration of President George H. W. Bush.

 

18. Every Flight is a Crucial Military Operation with Extremely high Security. 

 

Marine One
Every Air Force One flight is considered as a military operation. The air Force crews  inspect the plane, and the runway, before every flight. When it’s time to head off, the Marine One helicopter brings the president from the White House to Andrews Air Force Base. Teams all over the base keep an eye out for any unauthorized craft in the area and are authorized to shoot on sight. In advance of every Air Force One flight, the Air Force crew sends C141 Starlifter cargo carrier planes, toting the president’s motorcade, to the destination. This collection of bulletproof limousines and vans, loaded with weaponry, keeps the president safe on the ground.

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