When the President is Your Passenger!
Probably the most important pilot in the world is the Captain of Air Force One. His passenger is the President of the United States, so he gets the right of way, all the time! When he lands or takes off, the entire airport comes to a standstill.
Air Force One is called the “flying White House,” a second home for the President. There is 4,000 square feet of living space inside, and the President can eat dinner, sleep, work out, and of course, run the country from the sky.
To learn more, check out the history of the different airplanes that have carried the presidents here.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first sitting president to fly, and President Truman was the first to fly regularly.
President Eisenhower was the first to fly in an Air Force One jet, and the first President to hold a pilots’ certificate.
Now that you’re familiar with the “flying Oval Office,” take a 3D tour of the Boeing 707 (VC-137) that was Air Force One for Presidents Kennedy through Clinton.