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How Do You Become The Pilot Of Airforce One?  
User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 14897 times:

What do you have to do to become the pilot of Airforce One, the presidential aircraft of the United States. I imagine that you would have to join the US Airforce to start. You'd probably have to stay there for a long time and I don't think that is all that you would have to do. What is involved and how long does it take? I wouldn't want to be the pilot of Airforce One, but I am still curious.

Regards,
Airplanetire

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User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks ago) and read 14852 times:

You wouldn't want to be the pilot of AF1??????? That would be THE DREAM JOB!!!

Not sure what it takes, but I used to know a guy who flew AF1. I'd like to talk to him about it sometime...

Did you just watch the AF1 thing on PBS? I did and I was just about to ask the very same question! LOL!

Let's get some replies in here!

-Shawn


User currently offlineAI744LR From Thailand, joined May 2001, 106 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 14790 times:

You don't!

User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 14782 times:

I believe you have to get to the rank of a full-bird colonel before they give you command of AF1. That's 25-30 years flying experience at least.

Charles


User currently offlineMe From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 220 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 14774 times:

We have an ex-Air Force One pilot working here at AirTran. He was hired with me back in '98.

User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 14706 times:

Cfalk, if that's correct that it takes at least 30 years (does it?), then I guess that means whoever flew AF1 would have to be a lifelong career military officer, because someone in the service that long would probably have little chance of advancing in the civilian market before he hits the mandatory retirement age of 60.

Too bad, as that would probably be the ultimate thing to have on any pilot's resume!


User currently offlineJoona From Finland, joined May 2001, 1038 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 14697 times:

Airplanetire, take a Cessna 172, and ask Bush to go flying with you. Then you will be flying the Air Force 1.

The official president's plane is Boeing 747, nicknamed the Air Force 1.

But Air Force 1, in reality, is the callsign of any aircraft Bush is flying in.

So if you have Bush flying in a Cessna, the Cessna's callsign would be Air Force 1.

Easy, right?

Joona



1740 days idle. Beat that.
User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 14679 times:

No callsign would not be Air Force One, unless the Cessna was operated by the Air Force. It would be Executive One, if you, a civilian was operating it. Of course, they would never allow the President to fly any plane other than the official VIP transports for security reasons, so this is all academic.

Anyways, to answer the original question, how to become a pilot of Air Force One:

http://afas.afpc.randolph.af.mil/alf-tank/89AW.htm

And if you're interested in the logistics that take place to support a Presidential visit:

http://www.i5ive.com/article.cfm/middle_east/27627 (it has somewhat of an anti-American slant, but still interesting to read)


User currently offlineJet_guy From New Zealand, joined Aug 2000, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 1 month 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 14649 times:

its all about pecision and expert timing. Your weapons of choice must be chosen with much care, and hidden appropriatley, the security on such an a/c well.......
It would need to be done with a team more than one, each man (or women) would need to gaurd each part of the plane, seperate sections for different memebers no one must leave sight of the terriosts. Such a procedure takes years and years of build up. It would also help that you knew how to fly the plane after you took it over. Land in a hostile country, afghanastain (sp) would be perfect.

Legally....ummmmmm.......You have to preoberly be the worlds best pilot, so good luck

Sam

P.S i was joking about taking over air force one, if anyone starts to take it seriously!  Big thumbs up


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