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The mission of the VC-25A aircraft -- Air Force One -- is to provide air transport
for the president of the United States.


The presidential air transport fleet consists of two specially configured Boeing
747-200Bs -- tail numbers 28000 and 29000 -- with the Air Force designation
VC-25A. When the president is aboard either aircraft, or any Air Force aircraft, the
radio call sign is "Air Force One."

Principal differences between the VC-25A and the standard Boeing 747, other than
the number of passengers carried, are the electronic and communications equipment
aboard Air Force One, its interior configuration and furnishings, self-contained
baggage loader, front and aft air-stairs, and the capability for inflight refueling.

Accommodations for the president include an executive suite consisting of a
stateroom (with dressing room, lavatory and shower) and the president's office. A
conference/dining room is also available for the president, his family and staff.
Other separate accommodations are provided for guests, senior staff, Secret Service
and security personnel, and the news media.

Two galleys provide up to 100 meals at one sitting. Six passenger lavatories --
including handicap facilities -- are provided as well as a rest area and mini-galley for
the aircrew. The VC-25A also has a compartment outfitted with medical equipment
and supplies for minor medical emergencies.

These aircraft are flown by the presidential aircrew, maintained by the Presidential
Maintenance Branch, and are assigned to
Air Mobility Command's 89th Airlift
Wing, Andrews Air Force Base, Md.