Sunday, August 9, 2009

Air Force One

At present the aircraft used to transport President George W. Bush on important state and domestic visits, Air Force One is the property of the United States Government and is the official presidential aircraft -- along with several back-up aircraft (including a Boeing 757) used to fly other members of the president's cabinet and staff and members of the press on state visits. Known as the VC-25A in U.S. Air Force service, Air Force One is a Boeing 747-200B that has been heavily modified with secure communications systems, electronic equipment, a self-contained baggage loader, front and aft air-stairs, and given the ability to refuel in-flight. Along with the other aircraft of the presidential flight, Air Force One is flown and maintained by the specially detailed crews of the Presidential Airlift Group, part of the U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command's 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Here, Air Force One is seen flying over Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.

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