It is one of the most recognisable planes in the world and has been flying presidents around the globe whenever and wherever for more than 25 years.
And the £200m Air Force One – a Boeing VC-25A – is so big President Donald Trump reportedly once got lost showing wife Melania around.
Over the past year, we have become accustomed to seeing a windswept Trump as he makes his way down those famous red plane stairs.
It is dubbed his flying Oval Office and is set over three levels, with beige interior, brown leather seats, dark oak, star-print carpet and fridges equipped to handle 3,000 meals.
But despite the high-spec fridges Trump had installed earlier this year, he’s more likely to be spotted tucking into fast food.
Elsewhere inside is an extensive suite for the President with 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.
Meanwhile, the plane’s two food preparation galleys can feed 100 people at a time.
It also has quarters for those who accompany the President, including senior advisors, Secret Service officers, travelling press, and other guests.
Several cargo planes typically fly ahead of Air Force One to provide the President with services needed in remote locations.
The plane is emblazoned with the words United States of America, the American flag, and the Seal of the President of the United States which can even be found on the seatbelts.
The plane costs around £116,000 per hour to keep the ultimate in presidential privileges in the air, boasting 87 phones, 19 TVs and a gym, among other facilities.
It also operates as an airborne military command centre, with secure global satellite communications and TV studio facilities allowing the president to address the nation from the air.
Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, AF1 had to land to allow George W Bush to make a speech.
And in the event of a nuclear attack, AF1 is protected from the electromagnetic pulse of a blast that would otherwise knock out a plane’s electronics by 238 miles of wiring.
Other equipment includes flares capable of diverting heat-seeking missiles.
Every flight is classified as a military operation, with security crews conducting thorough checks on the plane and runway at Maryland’s Andrews Air Force Base ahead of take off.
The aircraft is also fitted with its own baggage-loader to avoid sharing any airport’s facilities. Secret service agents are also permitted to shoot on sight on board, remaining armed at all times.
It also has the capability of being able to fly the best part of a third of the way around the world without refuelling (although it has been converted for in-flight topping up).
The term Air Force One describes any particular Air Force aircraft carrying the president. But today, this name commonly refers to one of two highly customized Boeing 747-200B that have been especially modfiied.
The exterior is blue and white.
It’s not clear exactly how much they get paid and depends on the pilot’s rank and how long they have been in the military
But an entry-level officer with three years of experience earns about $47,000 annually (£35,524), as of 2017. A top-ranking colonel with three years of experience earns around $92,000 (£69,538) a year.
Becoming an Air Force pilot requires a commitment to the U.S. Air Force, extensive training and testing, and a degree.
Firstly, it’s recommended you get a Bachelor’s Degree in aviation or related areas to help completely flight training and courses in aircraft systems, aviation laws, and so on.
Then you must also be between 18-34, a US citizen and take an Air Force Officer Qualifying Test.
Next you need to attend officer training school, pass initial flight training, before completing undergraduate pilot training.
And finally advance your career in the United States Air Force.
Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland is the home of two Boeing VC-25A which serves the President of the United States.
Air Force One is maintained and operated by the Presidential Airlift Group, part of the White House Military Office.
The term Air Force One describes any particular Air Force aircraft carrying the president.
But it commonly refers to two highly customized Boeing 747-200B series aircraft, which carry the tail codes 28000 and 29000, and is equipped to transport the Commander-in-Chief.
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