It can take an impressive trip from Washington DC all the way to tokyo with just one tank of gas. The head of state can making it across the world, flying in style, making other countries envious in its path. You’ll never believe the ways the president is pimpin’ out his person plane and it can survive an apocalypse if it has to. From various firepower being kept on board to decoys used to confuse possible enemies, here are unbelievable secrets of Air Force One.
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12. Nuclear Resistance
The government has taken special precautions in case of a full-blown nuclear apocalypse and air force one would prove to be a formidable stronghold. In the event that this were ever to happen the plane’s body is built to withstand a nuke detonated from the ground. Thanks to armor plating, as long as the president is not too close to the actual blast, radiation exposure wouldn’t be able to seep through by any means.
So there are some notable differences between commercial boeing 747’s and the ones the president uses. The weight difference is about a total of 154,000 pounds, weighing in at 987,000 pounds. which means you know there’s some heavy cargo on there. The difference between the normal wingspan and the presidential wingspan is about 29 feet with the presidential version stretching longer, measuring at 224 feet and 5 inches. In addition, it’s also longer measure from the nose to rear at 250 feet and 2 inches making it also the longest commercial jet in the world. Let’s see the chinese try to beat that!
The president just can’t go around every country he wants to and spew a bunch of toxic pollution into the air just because he’s the president, can he? In any case, we at least tell other countries that our presidential jumbo jet is completely eco friendly and emits 16 tons less co2 per trip over the typical 747-200. That would require about 13 acres of american national park forests to purify that much each year.
9. Let’s make Air Force One Great Again
There have been some ideas to make air force one look just a little bit more american with a new cool patriotic paint job, complete with stars, stripes, bald eagles and all that good stuff. The ceo of america would also prefer that the beds be a little bit more comfortable like the ones in his personal jet. The new air force one with these upgrades will likely be ready in 2021 and cost about 4 billion dollars. Others still think his dream jet likely won’t happen.
Sometimes presidents won’t want to go anywhere without the right fresh beer on board. A long time ago, Coors wasn’t available for sale on the eastern side of the US states and that was Gerald ford’s favorite beer. In order to make sure he was able to get a little drunk on a plane, he would continually request his secret service members to bring some with him. Each time they went to colorado, they would stock up on coors before going anywhere.