Air Force One and its entourage   3 comments

When the President of The United States flies around the world he travels in Air Force One.  There are 2 aircraft that are designated VC-25 Air Force One.  They are 747 jumbo jets.


The Boeing VC-25 is the designation of a United States Air Force passenger transportation aircraft, a military version of the Boeing 747 airliner. The A-model (VC-25A) is the only variant of the VC-25.

The VC-25 is most famous for its role as Air Force One, the callsign of any U.S. Air Force aircraft carrying the President of the United States. The two aircraft currently in U.S. service are highly modified versions of Boeing’s 747-200B, with tail numbers 28000 and 29000. Although the Air Force One designation technically applies to the aircraft only while the President is aboard, the term is commonly applied to the VC-25s more generally. They often operate in conjunction with Marine One helicopters that ferry the President to airports in circumstances where a vehicle motorcade would be inappropriate.






When the President goes overseas in Air Force One a large support contingent goes with him.  Many aides and security personnel etc.  Many vehicles such as armoured limousines also go with him.  Even helicopters.


To haul all this material and equipment around the world the U.S. Air Force provides support C-17 transport aircraft.  As was seen in Chile last month, no less than 4 of these massive aircraft were in support.  4 of the beasts were parked in a row at Santiago airport.

Posted April 22, 2011 by markosun in Uncategorized

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