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Air Force One

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A Boeing VC-25 (tail number 28000) standing in as Air Force One over the Statue of Liberty and the Hudson River, with New Jersey in the background. The flyover, intended as a training mission and photo shoot of the presidential plane, included the aircraft and an F-16 fighter plane escort; it caused a panic in New York City that led to the resignation of Louis Caldera, director of the White House Military Office.

This page is for the amounts designated to Air Force One.

The name is given to one of two Boeing 747-200B jets dedicated to the president’s use and equipped for that purpose. The radio call sign "Air Force One" is used only when the president is aboard either aircraft (or any Air Force aircraft).

There are a number of differences between the customized 747's and a standard 747. These include state of the art navigation, electronic and communications equipment, its interior configuration and furnishings, self-contained baggage loader, front and aft air-stairs, and the capability for in-flight refueling. The plane also has an presidential executive suite, including a stateroom (with dressing room, lavatory and shower) and an office. The president, his staff, and family, also have dining and conference facilities available to them. Separate accommodation is also provided for guests, senior staff, security personnel, and the news media.

The plane can cater for up to 100 meals per sitting, and has six toilets (including a disabled access lavatory), and carries medical equipment in case of emergency.

Cost Information

  • It is paid for by the air force.
  • A second plane that usually follows the president on large trips is chartered by the press who also pay for their lodging and much of their food.


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Air Force One Hourly Costs

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Expense Amount: $56,518
Year of Expense: 2000
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Hourly costs for flying the president in Air Force One in 2000.

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http://www.friendsofjimmarshall.com/presidential%20travel%20from%20Waxman.pdf

Creation Date: February 22, 2010
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Air Force Two Hourly Costs

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Expense Amount: $14,552
Year of Expense: 2006
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Air Force Two is call sign of whatever plane the Vice President travels on. In 2006, the C-32 was the plane that served as Air Force Two. These figures are based on the per hour cost figures cited by GAO for fiscal year 2000, adjusted for inflation.

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Creation Date: February 22, 2010
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Election Campaign Related Travel

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Expense Amount: $7,000,000
Year of Expense: 2006
Historical Comparisons: 2002: US$6,300,000
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2006: Projected Estimate Only - Our source only estimates this figure as it was published before 2006. Up to date data welcomed. If the President and Vice-President conducted campaign travel in 2006 similar to that in 2002, the costs were estimated to be $7 million.

2002: Between January 1 2002 and Election Day on November 5 2002, the President Bush and Vice President Cheney used military transport, including Air Force One and Two, to make at least 83 campaign related trips. The total estimated cost of this is $6.5 million, however, an estimated $198,000 of this was reimbursed, leaving tax payer to fund $6.3 million.

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Creation Date: March 2, 2010
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Air Force One Annual Costs (2009)

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Expense Amount: $280,000,000
Year of Expense: 2009
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ESTIMATED FIGURE. The estimated hourly cost (mostly for fuel) of Air Force One was $68,000. "Since 2002, Jet fuel prices have gone up about twenty per cent, so if I had to estimate, I would guess that Air Force One's yearly operating expenses are somewhere between $240-280 million (even though this estimate might be far too low)." -Stephen M. "How much does it cost to operate Air Force One" 03/12/2009 http://theintrepid.blogspot.com/2009/03/how-much-does-it-cost-to-operate-air.html

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The Intrepid, "How much does it cost to operate Air Force One", Stephen M. 03/12/2009 http://theintrepid.blogspot.com/2009/03/how-much-does-it-cost-to-operate-air.html

Creation Date: April 9, 2010
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Obama's Valentine's weekend trip

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Expense Amount: $246,908
Year of Expense: 2009
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"According to the first distance calculator above, it is 598 miles (962 km) (519 nautical miles) from Washington, DC to Chicago, Illinois.

Mr. Obama’s two trips back and forth from DC to Chicago add up to 2392 miles – as the crow flies.

Which, if our calculations are correct, amounts to at least 3.8 hours flying time for Air Force One. And 4.6 hours of flying time for the accompanying cargo plane." -Steve Gilbert

"Using these very conservative figures, Air Force One cost $214,768 and the cargo plane cost $32,140. " - Steve Gilbert

Source Type: Website
Source Details:

Sweetness and Light, Feb 2009, "The Cost of Obama's Weekend Trip(s)" http://sweetness-light.com/archive/the-costs-of-obamas-weekend-trip

Creation Date: April 12, 2010
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VC-25 (Air Force One) depot maintenance induction (2011 estimated)

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Expense Amount: $44,300,000
Year of Expense: 2011
Expense Details:

VC-25 (Air Force One) depot maintenance induction

Source Details:

http://www.saffm.hq.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-100129-101.pdf

Creation Date: April 18, 2010

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C-32, Air Force Two at Airport Zagreb
George W. Bush in his Air Force One office with Bill McGurn, Stephen Hadley and Ed Gillespie en route to Bahrain. 2008.

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