From Presidents Roosevelt to Biden, Boeing airplanes have transported U.S. presidents around the world. The U.S. Air Force announced that it will continue the Boeing tradition with the 747-8, which will replace the two 747-200s that serve as the presidential Air Force One fleet.
When the 747-8 takes flight as the next Air Force One, Boeing airplanes will mark more than half a century of presidential service through the Jet Age.
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Today, the chief executive flies aboard a specially configured 747-200B, the newest and largest presidential airplane. Its capabilities include:
The "flying Oval Office" has 4,000 square feet of interior floor space. Among its accommodations are:
Technical Specifications - Current Presidential Airplane (Boeing 747-200)
26 (passenger/crew capacity: 102)
General Electric CF6-80C2B1
56,700 pounds, each engine (252 kn)
Long-range mission takeoff gross weight
833,000 pounds (377,842 kg)
Maximum zero fuel weight
526,500 pounds (238,800 kg)
Design mission zero fuel weight
46,000 pounds (20,865 kg)
Maximum landing weight
630,000 pounds (285,763 kg)
53,611 gallons (203,129 L)
7,800 statute miles
195 feet, 8 inches (59.64 m)
231 feet, 10 inches (70.66 m)
63 feet, 5 inches (19.33 m)
45,100 feet (13.747 m)
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President Franklin D Roosevelt
Presidents Franklin D Roosevelt and Harry S Truman
President Harry S Truman
Presidents Dwight D Eisenhower, John F Kennedy, Lyndon B Johnson, Richard M Nixon
Presidents John F Kennedy, Lyndon B Johnson, Richard M Nixon, Gerald R Ford, James E Carter, Ronald W Reagan, George H W Bush
Presidents George H W Bush, William J Clinton, George W Bush, Barack H Obama, Donald J Trump, Joseph R Biden.