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The Craziest Stuff On Air Force One


Air Force One, the airplane designed and built
to protect the president of the United States of America, is a fortress. Not only is it huge, it’s packed full of high-tech
security measures and luxury accommodations. Here are some of the craziest features found
on Air Force One. Missiles are definitely a big concern for
the staff of Air Force One because when the president is in the sky, he’s potentially
a lot more vulnerable than he is on the ground. But the good news for the president is that
the designers of Air Force One thought about that, so the plane comes equipped with lots
of anti-missile technology. According to Aviationist, it can jam infrared-guided
missiles with “IRCM jammers” that emit a special modulated infrared light. It also has flares, which are extra-hot and
will therefore mislead heat-seeking missiles. Oh, and it has tech that can report and track
a missile, too, which is kind of important. “You like this better than your other plane? I think so, right?” All the missile imperviousness in the world
won’t do you any good if the whole country explodes and takes you with it, so naturally
Air Force One also has to be impervious to a nuclear blast. Air Force One is designed not just to detect
and divert those very ordinary surface-to-air missiles but also to survive in the air while
nuclear bombs are incinerating everything below. According to Euro News, Air Force One is covered
with armor that’s capable of withstanding an on-the-ground nuclear blast. To guard against assassins with poor planning
skills, Air Force One also comes equipped with bulletproof windows. According to Euronews, the windows are made
from “bulletproof armored glass.” So add that up with all the aircraft’s other
safety features and even when he’s in the air, the president is probably safer than
he is anywhere else in the world. All of that plus peanuts that don’t come in
a half-ounce bag and a bathroom you can actually turn around in. It’s good to be the president. “Look, it’s a nice plane.” In the event of a major world disaster, the
president could theoretically just fly around in the sky forever, or until the apocalypse
is over, whichever comes first. According to Popular Mechanics, Air Force
One has the ability to refuel in midair, though rumor has it that future incarnations may
not have that feature — mostly because of cost. Also, if you think about it, there’s really
only so long you could keep up the indefinite-flying thing — no matter how good your mechanics
were on the ground, it may be tricky to keep a plane airworthy when its been flying 24/7
for the last six years. Not only is Air Force One super-safe, it’s
also super-fast — because time is money. Lots and lots of money. According to the Military Factory, Air Force
One has a top speed of 629 miles per hour, which at an altitude of 35,000 feet is roughly
30 miles per hour slower than the speed of sound. That sounds super-impressive until you hear
that the average airliner cruises at about 575 miles per hour, so that extra 50 or so
miles per hour really isn’t doing a whole lot for the president’s schedule. Air Force One also cruises higher than the
average airliner — 45,000 feet instead of 30,000 feet, so you won’t have to worry you
might accidentally see it on your early morning flight to London or anything. And if you did, they’ve probably got some
Men in Black-style memory tech on board so you won’t remember anything anyway. In the 1997 movie Air Force One, terrorists
somehow manage to get on board, and President Harrison Ford gets hastily tossed into an
escape pod that’s meant to eject him from the plane. Then a bunch of other passengers escape out
a parachute ramp. This all makes perfectly logical Hollywood
sense — because of course Air Force One would have an emergency evacuation plan since
it also has all that missile-deflecting stuff and the bulletproof windows and whatnot. “Get off my plane.” None of it is true, though. Air Force One doesn’t have a parachute ramp
because according to CNN, the huge aircraft generates a slipstream that makes it impossible
to actually use a parachute. There’s no escape pod, either. “Everyone wants to know, is there a pod or
not?… a pod?” If there ever was trouble on Air Force One,
the president would have to crash just like normal people would on a doomed airliner. So in that way, at least, everyone is equal. “You know what, there are a couple of secrets,
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