Wilcharl From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1168 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 22326 times:
the discovery channel sopecail said its not under escort by the other nations aircraft, as if a midair would occoure, it couldnt be blamed on the other nation. the man interviewed stated that other nations normally offer figher escort but it is AF1 policy to turn them down
Ilyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 22200 times:
Air Force One is supposedly one of the most heavily modified 747-200 series aircraft ever. Besides having many systems from the -400 series, it also supposedly has various anti-missile defense systems. There are no specifics, but supposedly, the great bird can fend off an attack fairly well on her own. Plus, she is piloted by some of the Air Force's finest. While a 742 is not exactly a fighter jet, I'm sure the cockpit crew are well-trained in evasive manoevres to keep the president out of harm's way.
Gigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 81
Reply 14, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 22107 times:
The Speaker of the House would become President.
Then, if he dies, the President of the Senate pro tempore would be the President.
But only for 30 days.. then the Senate and House meet in a joint session and elect from the Congress a new President and Vice President, and declare open vacancies in the Congress - which are filled by appointment of the State Governor in question.
MD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8508 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 22051 times:
I wonder if the Air Force One birds don't have -400 systems in a -200 body. That doesn't really make much sense because the -400F has the short hump, but I wonder if they wanted the shorter hump for some specific reason? Because of course it has modern engines, just like a -400?
By the way, does anyone know if Air Force One is power by Pratt & Whitneys or GE (of course it just couldn't have been RR, lol)
PPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 22022 times:
Boeing calls it a 747-200B, but it can only be classified as a VC-25A because it has been so heavily modified.
AF1 has plenty of protection from missiles. It has Disco balls above each engine (on the pylon) and under the APU. Other systems aren't as apparent from the outside so I don't know about them, but if it has IR protection one can be assured that it has radar. Also it is flown by the best pilots in the USAF.
Any attempt to attack AF1 would be suicide, one can only imagine even if AF1 turns down the escort, that they aren't at least following a bit behind, just in case. And the USAF is probally on call if need be.