Like the Shadow, the Phantom, the Black Panther, and even President of the United States, Air Force One is not just one thing. It is a mantle passed down from one generation to the other. Although the designation was first used during Eisenhower’s administration, the United States has a long history of Presidents and planes.
If you want to get around the world quickly, you’re going to need a plane. And if you just so happen to be a government figure, you better make sure that your aircraft is stylish in addition to being ultra safe. For the most extreme circumstances, you’ll want to make sure that your plane is equipped with radiation pulse shields
Here’s a look at some chariots of the sky used by heads of state across the world.
Note: I plan to add more photos in the future. Added 🙂
Aircraft: Two 737 Boeing Business Jets and Three Challenger 604s
Fun Fact: The Australian Special Purposes Fleet is used by the Prime Minister, Governor General, Foreign Minister, and even the British Royal Family (when visiting).
Aircraft: Five Airbus A310-300s (CC-150 Poloaris) and Four Bombardier Challenger 604 Business Jets
Fun Fact: Out of the Five CC-150 Polaris craft, only one of them is operated for carrying VIPs. This one is dubbed No. 001 or Royal Flight when carrying royalty.
Aircraft: Eight Boeing 737-300s and Two 737-700s
Fun Fact: In 2000, China ordered a 767-300ER from Delta Airlines. Soon later, after the plane had been refitted in San Antonio, Chinese authorities claimed that they found 27 bugs onboard the craft.
Aircraft: Four Boeing 747-437B
Fun Fact: The official call sign of any aircraft carrying the President of India or Prime Minister of Inida is Air India One.
Aircraft: Two Boeing 747-400
Fun Fact: These crafts have two different types of call signs. Japanese Air Force One and Two for official business, and Cygnus One and Two for operations outside of official business.
Aircraft: Ilyushin Il-96-300PU
Fun Fact: It is rumored that this plane has gold plated walls an escape pod, much like the one featured in Air Force One.
Aircraft: Voyager A330, Agusta A109, and BAE-146 airliners
Fun Fact: For domestic flights, the Queen often uses a Sikorsky S-76C++ as part of The Queen’s Helicopter Flight.
Aircraft: Two Customized Boeing 747-200B Jetliners
Fun fact: “One” is used as the call sign for the call sign of any craft containing the President. So just like “Air Force One”, you could also have “Army One”, “Marine One”, etc. This just depends on which branch the craft corresponds to. Any craft carrying the VP has a “Two” at the end of it.