Go Delta From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 2487 times:
In all of us a.net members someone must have riden on Air Force One. Maybe as a member of the Press, maintenance technician, politician, presidential advisor, or something. If so how was it? How did it differ from a regular airliner 747? Which President was on it?
Tsully From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (13 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2401 times:
I've never been anywhere close to AF1, but I believe my aunt has flown on it multiple times. She was an astronaut during the Reagan and Bush years; taking her last mission in the early part of Clinton’s first term.
After retiring from NASA, she became an advisor to Clinton. I believe it was during those years working in Washington that she flew on AF1.
I love America. I guess that makes me Bush's poodle, but I'd rather be a dog in New York City than a prince in Riyadh.
Dash80 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2377 times:
I've never flown on an aircraft designated as AF1. However, I have been on AF 26000 (USAF 707-320 variant). Bush Sr., as VP, visited Lubbock, TX and Reese AFB in 1981. I was an AF public relations officer at the time and while Bush was speaking downtown the one of the Secret Service agents manning the aircraft took me on a tour. The layout (as well as I can remember from 20 yrs ago) from nose to tail was flight deck, a communication area just aft of the forward entry door. Galley. A conference area. Private Presidential office/suite at mid-aircraft. Antoher conference area. Seating for SSA. Seating for media/other visitors in rear of aircraft. Galley/lavs. Visible seating was FC quality in forward area suite FC quality, not quite FC quality in rear. Presidential suite had conference room/office and a sitting room/bedroom.
Rrwx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2322 times:
All those posts and not one person has been inside? Why do people feel the need to post when they haven't actually been inside? I think every American has seen the outside of AF1 in some form or another.
Jeffrey1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1336 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (13 years 10 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2311 times:
You can see the Air Force One that flew President Kennedy's body back from Dallas. I believe that is the one that was used till the government finally got the 747 that they use now. You can see it at the Boeing museum near Seattle, Washington.
BA747-436 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1259 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2262 times:
My cousin has been on it a couple of times when Clinton was president, he is a very highley respected press officer (if there is such a thing! )
And he's got a safety card which is specialy made for this aircraft!
I've been trying to get it off him for ages!
Chdmcmanus From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 374 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2254 times:
I have been on board both AF1 and 26000. Can't say too much about the layout, obviously, but imagine a four-star hotel, the control room of the biggest powerplant on earth, and the worlds biggest entertainment center, blend them all together, and viola-AF1. Clinton was Pres, haven't had a chance to work for Bush yet. And no, there is no escape pod or bailout door like in the movies. Basically the only thing like an airliner are the seat belts!