The Boeing VC-25 is a military version of the Boeing 747 airliner, modified for presidential transport
and operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) as Air Force One

Boeing VC-25A Air Force One) "1990"

RolePresidential transport
ManufacturerBoeing
First flightMay 16, 1987
IntroductionAugust 23, 1990
StatusIn service (VC-25A)
In development (VC-25B)
Primary userUnited States Air Force
Produced1986–1990
Number built2 (VC-25A)
Developed fromVC-25A: Boeing 747-200B
VC-25B: Boeing 747-8

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Air Force One) "1990"

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Boeing VC-25A
Air Force One) "1990"

The Boeing VC-25 is a military version of the Boeing 747 airliner, modified for presidential transport and operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) as Air Force One, the call sign of any U.S. Air Force aircraft carrying the President of the United States.

Only two examples of this aircraft type are in service; they are highly modified Boeing 747-200Bs, designated VC-25A and having tail numbers 28000 and 29000. Although technically the Air Force One designation applies to the aircraft only while the President is on board, the term is commonly used to refer to the VC-25 in general.

Design

The VC-25 is capable of flying 7,800 miles (12,600 km)—roughly one-third the distance around the world—without refueling. The VC-25A can accommodate more than 70 passengers. Each VC-25A cost approximately $325 million. While the VC-25 has two main decks and a cargo area, like a regular Boeing 747, its 4,000 square feet (370 m²) of floor space has been reconfigured for presidential duties. Its lowest level is mostly cargo space, carrying luggage and the onboard food supply.

The main passenger area is on the second floor or main deck.[5] There are three entrances on board, two on the main and one on the lower deck

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VC-25A
based on Boeing 747-200B
VC-25B
based on Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, to replace the VC-25As

Operators

 United States

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Boeing VC-25A Air Force One "1990"

The front section of the aircraft is informally called the “White House”, a reference to the president’s official residence in Washington, D.C. The president’s executive suite includes sleeping quarters with two couches that can be converted into beds, lavatory and shower, vanity, double sink, and a private office, or the president’s “Oval Office aboard Air Force One”. If necessary, the president can address the nation from the office. This capability was added after the September 11 attacks, during which the aircraft had to land at Barksdale Air Force Base for President George W. Bush to address the nation. These offices, including the president’s suite, are mostly located on the starboard (right) side, and a long corridor runs along the port (left) side.

Specifications

  • Crew: 26: 2 pilots, flight engineer, navigator, + cabin crew 
  • Capacity: 76 passengers
  • Length: 231 ft 10 in (70.66 m)
  • Wingspan: 196 ft 8 in (59.94 m)
  • Height: 63 ft 5 in (19.33 m)
  • Max takeoff weight: 833,000 lb (377,842 kg)
  • Powerplant: 4 × General Electric CF6-80C2B1 turbofan engines, 56,700 lbf (252 kN) thrust each
  • Maximum speed: 547.5 kn (630.1 mph, 1,014.0 km/h) at 35,000 ft (10,668 m)
  • Maximum speed: Mach 0.92
  • Cruise speed: 500 kn (580 mph, 930 km/h) / M0.84 at 35,000 ft (10,668 m)
  • Range: 6,800 nmi (7,800 mi, 12,600 km)
  • Service ceiling: 45,100 ft (13,700 m)

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The Boeing VC-25 is a military version of the Boeing 747 airliner, modified for presidential transport and operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) as Air Force One