Is the Air Force One jet used by Pres. Bush today the same 747 Jet used by previous Presidents?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
In 1944 President Franklin D. Roosevelt called for the creation of the Presidential Pilot Office to provide air transportation to the President and his staff.
For most of the next 20 years, various four-engine propeller-driven aircraft were used for presidential air travel.
In 1962, the first jet aircraft, a Boeing 707, was purchased for use as Air Force One.
Air Force One Today
The current presidential fleet consists of two specifically-configured Boeing 747-200B series aircraft – tail numbers 28000 and 29000 – with Air Force designation VC-25A. When the President is aboard either craft, or any other Air Force aircraft, the radio call sign is "Air Force One."
While on the aircraft, the President and staff have access to a full range of services, including communications systems, secure and non-secure voice, fax and data communications, along with access to photocopying, printing, and word processing.
These aircraft are maintained and operated by the Presidential Airlift Group, part of Air Mobility Command's 89th Airlift Wing, based at Andrews Air Force Base, Suitland, Maryland. The VC-25A is capable of flying half way around the world without refueling and can accommodate more than 70 passengers.
- Bostonian In MOLv 71 decade ago
The current modified 747s were ordered during the Reagan administration. The first President Bush was the first to use the new fleet which was placed in service in 1990
President Clinton did NOT order them to be replaced, contrary to what another poster claims.Source(s): Retired AF.
- brian LLv 61 decade ago
Yes they were ordered by the 1st president Bush and used by all presidents since and for sometime to come.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
The VC25 is in-flight-refueling capable, so its range is not limited.
- 1 decade ago
yes, there are actually two of these aircraft, based at Andrews AFB.
- ?Lv 71 decade ago