President-elect Donald Trump will take over more than just the White House in January 2017, he will also be taking over the Air force one presidential jet.
Air Force One is the official air traffic control call sign for a United States Air Force aircraft carrying the President of the United States.
What this means is that Air Force One is any Air Force aircraft designed, built, and used to transport the president. The presidential aircraft is a prominent symbol of the American presidency and its power.
Below are some features of the Air Force One aircraft Trump will be taking over:
1. General features
|A full view of the aircraft|
Air Force One can carry more than 100 people, with space for 26 crew, as well as 76 passengers. It carries two pilots, as well as a flight engineer, a navigator, and cabin crew.
It has a whole variety of rooms inside, including a conference and dining room, kitchens, and a communications suite.
At the back of the plane there is space for the press corps, with designated blue carpet, and business class seats.
2. Sleeping areas
|A bedroom inside Air Force One|
Costing £116,000 per hour to keep the ultimate in presidential privileges in the air, the plane’s interior resembles a luxury – if predominantly beige − hotel, boasting 87 phones, 19 TVs and a gym, among other facilities.
3. Air Force One situation room
|Air Force One situation room|
The White House Situation Room, is known as the John F. Kennedy Conference Room. It is run by the national security council staff for the use of the President of the United States and their advisors.
It is used to monitor and deal with crises at home and abroad and to conduct secure communications with outside persons. A secure direct feed to Air Force One was added.
4. Air Force One secretarial area
Air Force One secretarial area
The secretarial area of the Air Force One is found on the upper deck. 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.
5. Air Force One relaxation area
|Air Force One relaxation area|
While the president works hard, he also needs some relaxation. So, Obama’s executive suite includes a lounge with two sofas, a workout room, toilet, shower, vanity unit and double sink.
A taste of comfort is also to be found with the unique souvenir presidential M&Ms, with each box bearing the Presidential Seal and embossed with the autograph of the current president.
The conference room, which also doubles as a dining room, comes with a 50in plasma screen which can be used for teleconferencing.
6. Aisle seats in Air Force One
|Aisle seats in Air Force One|
The presidential suite at the front of the plane contains two twin couches, which turn into beds. The suite has blinds that come down over the portholes at the push of a button, and it was kitted out with a special Wii games console and television for when the Obama children were traveling.