The United States president is protected by the most advanced and heavily protected vehicles ever built, but behind the bullet proof glass and armoured plating is a fleet of secrets. Whether the president is travelling by land, sea or air, there is an array of secret weapons that have been designed to protect the world’s most powerful man when he is on the move. This documentary explores the secrets that until now have remained untold.
Air Force One is the official air traffic control call sign of a United States Air Force aircraft carrying the President of the United States. In common parlance the term refers to those Air Force aircraft specifically designed, built, and used for the purpose of transporting the president. The Presidential aircraft is a prominent symbol of the American presidency and its power.
The idea of designating specific military aircraft to transport the President arose in 1943, when officials became concerned with relying on commercial airlines to transport the President. Originally, an C-87 Liberator Express was reconfigured for use as a presidential transport; however, it was rejected by the Secret Service amid concerns over the aircraft’s safety record.