20 Unbelievable Air Force One Facts That Only A Few Presidents Confessed
Air Force One is more than a private jet for the POTUS. It's also a top secret vault in the sky. Luckily, the vault has just been cracked, and some pretty unbelievable facts were leaked. Here are some of the secrets that nobody knew about Air Force One, until now…
1. How Fast And How High?
Air Force One can fly as fast as over 700 miles per hour. It can fly at a height of 45,000 feet. That's 10,000 feet higher than most commercial planes. In spite of its crazy speed, Air Force One flies very smoothly and steadily.
2. Air Force One Never Has To Touch Ground
This is probably one of the most awesome facts about Air Force One. Air Force One can refuel in the sky, so it never has to touch the ground. That means it could fly forever if it wanted to, and the president can stay in the sky as long as he wanted. Another awesome fact: Air Force One has a fuel tank of 3,000 gallons.
3. Air Force One Has Two Restaurants On Board
Aboard Air Force One, there are two restaurants, to be precise, two massive kitchens that always have food available for the president and his guests. Each kitchen is staffed with top rated chefs and can hold up to 100 people. That's pretty big!
4. Phones Are Everywhere
Air Force One has more than 85 phones. Why? Because it's the most secure place for the president to talk, even over the White House. The Airborne Executive Phone has a light that lights up red when secure. There are also many less secure lines aboard for the staff that travels with the president.
5. There Are Super Spy Cameras In The Wheel Wells
In 1959, spy cameras were installed in the wheel wells of Air Force One under the instruction of President Eisenhower. These cameras were so powerful that they could read license plates from the sky. How unbelievable that is in 1959! That updated sky-to-ground camera tech continues to be used in various locations on the underbelly of the aircraft.
6. Who Are The Frequent Travelers Of Air Force One?
Air Force One is a space for the family. The plane is also a place to exhale from all the hustle and bustle of the presidential life. Those that travel with the family include The Secret Service, as well as staffers and journalists, who live in a cabin at the very back of the aircraft.
7. Air Force One Is Large Enough To Be A House
Air Force One has three stories of 4,000 square feet. The president owns a large office, a lavatory, and a conference room. There are private sections for special guests, and all the furniture is exquisite as if it belongs in some exotic mansions.
8. How Many People Does Air Force One Hold?
Air Force One can accommodate hundreds of people, but only safely seat 70. Yes, there are often people without seats. There are living quarters aboard to hold more people, such as the senior advisors, Secret Service officers, reporters, and special guests. Its central seating area is reserved for the president and his family.
9. How Much Does Air Force One Cost To Fly?
Air Force One costs a staggering $206,000 an hour to fly, over 10 times the cost of a commercial airline, which is $20,000 an hour. Presidential travel includes hundreds of people and dozens of airplanes. The costs add up. President Trump's travel costs were $10 million in his first month in office.
10. Air Force One Is Where Homeland Security Was Birthed
President George W. Bush signed the Department of Homeland Security into existence on the Air Force One. It was thousands of feet above Germany that Bush made this decision instantly following the attacks of September 11th. The decision has changed the inner-workings of the US forever.
11. Air Force One Is Nuclear Resistant
Air Force One is a nuclear-resistant Oval Office that can withstand a nuclear blast even if on the ground. The plane has been put through testing to the equivalent of a nuclear attack. That's surely comforting. Let's hope it's never tried in real life.
12. What Happens When The President Is Coming To Town?
When the president is coming to town, the airport that hosts Air Force One is made aware, and then cleared an hour before the president's arrival. When it lands, the Air Force One is self-contained, without the need for outside services. The president is then transferred to Cadillac One, aka "The Beast."
13. Sick On Air Force One? No Problem
If a passenger on the Air Force One gets sick, it's no problem. There aboard is a miniature hospital with a doctor staffed at all times. So air sickness is not an excuse to avoid travel on this well-equipped aircraft! How cool would it be to be known as the "Air Force One doctor?"
14. Jackie Kennedy Styled Air Force One
Most of the styles on Air Force One can be attributed to Jackie Kennedy. It is she who carpeted it and picked out the china, crystal, and silverware. Air Force One will always have some of Mrs. Kennedy's flair. The USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio still has all of her original furnishings.
15. Air Force One Is An Airborne Command Center
Air Force One is equipped with a top-notch gear that has superb satellite communications networks and extremely classified defensive measures. These can not only protect the plane during an attack, but can carry out attacks as well. Most of us will never know the commands that have been made aboard the aircraft.
16. Why They Call Him "The Jelly Bean Presiden"
President Reagan had a quirk. That's he loved jelly beans! There's always a jar of jelly beans awaiting him each time he boarded Air Force One. When he was a child, a nice man gave him jelly beans during his tour to the White House. "I didn't know then, but the jelly beans were much more than a sweet treat, they represented the uniqueness and greatness of America," said Reagan.
17. Air Force One Is Actually Air Force Three
There are actually two Air Force Ones, but only one is the real deal. They usually fly together so nobody knows which one the president is actually on. "The Gulfstream," aka the C-20C, is a jet that supposedly trails the other two aircraft, but the government denies it exists. Interesting…
18. Pres. Trump's Private 757 Vs. Air Force One
The "Trump Force One" is a 757 purchased from Microsoft's Paul Allen. It's lined in gold plating and covered in the Trump family crest. "It's bigger than Air Force One," Trump bragged to the press. With Rolls-Royce engines and seating for 43, it's featured as the "world's most luxurious jetliner." Well…
19. A Massive Flying Fortress
Not only does Air Force One serve as a means of travel, but it also functions as a flying fortress to protect the POTUS. All windows on the aircraft are armored and resistant to gunfire. There are also flares that will aid in confusing any enemy missiles. Finally, to keep down on possible sabotage, the planes' both exits have their own retractable staircase.
20. TV's Abound
Believe it or not, Air Force One has 20 TVs on board. Each is strategically placed, so passengers will be able to view one at any given time. There are two reasons why it has so many TVs. One is that Air Force One requires more TVs than most aircraft as it's such a massive structure. The other is that with press and staff constantly flying with the POTUS, they would need to keep up to date on broadcasts and reports.