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Top Secret Air Force One Facts That You Never Knew

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Air Force One is way more than just a private jet for the President of the United States of America. There are many secrets within it that not many people know, but some information has been leaked about Air Force One that is quite interesting. Read on to find out some of those secrets.

There Are 2 Huge Kitchens in The Plane

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It is really interesting to know that Air Force One contains not just one kitchen, but two. These massive kitchens are always filled with food, and the president together with any guests can have any food they like. More so, the chefs are top-notch and every kitchen can accommodate a maximum of 100 people, which is pretty big.

The Plane Has a Small Hospital

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This plane is fully fitted with all the things needed to carry out medical practice. If POTUS or any other passenger on Air Force One is injured or falls ill, a doctor is available, there’s an operating room and all other high quality medical tools and a pharmacy. More so, there is an extra reserve of blood in the refrigerator that matches the President’s blood type.

Triple-Decked And Plenty Of Floor Space

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The Air Force One has 3 levels and 4,000 square feet of floor space. There is plenty of space for the President and his guests to stretch their legs while in the air. This triple-decked plane is impressive indeed!

Many TVs and Phones On Board

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Air Force One has 85 phones, because it is the most secure place other than the White House that the leader of the United States can talk. The Airborne Executive Phone is very secure, it has a light on the back that turns red when the line is secure. There are other lines for the other passengers to use, which have less security. There are also 20 TVs in this massive plane.

The Wheel Wells Have Surveillance Cams

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Former US President Eisenhower told the director of Central Intelligence at the time, in 1959, to put up spy cameras in the wheel wells of the Air Force One. Those cameras were so efficient that they could clearly read vehicle plates from the air. It is speculated that more cameras have been placed on the underbelly of the plane.

At times, it is accompanied by a doomsday plane

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In case something drastic happens like a meteor strike or nuclear warfare, the Air Force One is backed up. There is a 747 doomsday plane that is always on alert. This aircraft can remain in the sky for days and has the ability to outspace nuclear explosions.

Top Speed of 600 Miles/Hour

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Air Force One can be able to fly at a top speed of 600 miles per hour, which is near the speed of sound. Also, it can get to an altitude of 45,100 feet while in flight. This is impressive because normal commercial flights fly at an altitude of 30,000ft.

Refueled In The Sky

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Another cool fact about Air Force One is the fact that it can be refueled while in the air. It does not have to touch the ground to be replenished. Moreover, this plane possesses a fuel tank capacity of 3,000 gallons.

Air Force One Is Actually 2 Planes

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Air Force One usually sounds like just one plane, but in actual sense, the name “Air Force One” is the radio call name for any of the 2 planes that the President uses. It all started in 1953 after the ‘Eastern Air Lines flight 8610’ entered the same airspace as President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s aircraft, called ‘Air Force 8610’ back then. In the modern day, “Air Force One” is used to refer to one of 2 planes that are uniquely designed to carry POTUS and the passengers he travels with. Two planes means that there is always one to travel with in case there is an emergency.

Flying Fortress

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The Air Force One is fully equipped to ensure that the President of the United States and his fellow passengers are fully protected. The plane’s body can withstand a ground nuclear explosion, and all the windows are armored. In addition to that, there are flares on board that can be ejected to confuse missiles. Both of the exits on the plane have retractable staircases, therefore the crew does not have to depend on airport staircases which may be sabotaged by enemies.

Always In Neat Condition

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Air Force One has to always be in a near-perfect state in order to lessen the possibility of an accident. Teams of contractors inspect the fuel that is put in the tanks and also ensure the plane is always in great condition inside and outside. When the two planes are not in use, they are kept at the Andrews Air Force Base, which is outside Washington. They are heavily protected there by armed guards.

13 Media Members On Board

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The President always travels with a large entourage on the Air Force One, which includes multiple aides, advisers on security matters, economic advisers, speechwriters and many more, depending on the circumstances of the trip. You will also want to know that there are 13 media members who travel with the President too. They are actually referred to as “protective press pool”, who are representatives of radio, TV, newspapers, wire services and news sites. These journalists travel at the expense of their media companies, and have to share the information they collect with other White House press members.

Air Force One Has Been In Existence For Decades

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Presidential Pilot Office in 1944, which was later changed to Presidential Airlift Group. For the following fifteen years, a propeller-driven plane was used to transport the president. President Eisenhower traveled to Europe on the Boeing 707 Stratoliner back in 1959. 3 years later, President John F. Kennedy was the 1st US President to travel in a jet aircraft specially made for presidential use, which was a modified Boeing 707 plane. From that time, other jets have been use specifically by POTUS.

LBJ Sworn In As President After The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy – November 22, 1963 – Dallas, Texas

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In one of the most famous pictures in American history, Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in on Air Force One as the 36th President of the United States of America.  Dallas Judge Sarah Hughes is presiding along with Johnson’s wife Lady Bird and a visibly distraught Jackie Kennedy. 

Air Force Personnel And Air Force One

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Air Force personnel make up the cabin crew that flies Air Force One.  These personnel are heavily screened before qualifying to be members of the crew.

Every Flight On Air Force One Is A Military Operation

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Every time the President uses Air Force One, it’s considered a Military Operation by the Air Force.  Whether it’s flying to a foreign country to meet an emissary or flying to Camp David, it’s still treated the same by the Air Force.

Air Force One Will Be Replaced In 2024

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The current fleet of two Air Force One jets have been in operation since 1990 during President George H.W. Bush’s Presidency.  They will be replaced by a new fleet of two jets by 2024 and Boeing will produce them to the tune of $3.8 Billion dollars.

Air Force One Costs Taxpayers With Every Flight

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It’s estimated that for every hour that Air Force One is in the air, it costs Taxpayers $206,337.  Between the fuel costs, the Military costs, and plane costs. That’s quite the bill to foot for every departure.

Air Force One Has A Lot Of Fuel

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The amount of fuel that Air Force One carries is staggering at 53,000 gallons of fuel.  The President can fly from Washington DC to Tokyo, Japan non-stop, an amazing 6,735 nautical miles!

The VP Has His Own Plane – Air Force Two

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The Vice President flies in his own plane, Air Force Two.  This separation of President and Vice President is due to security concerns, and also upholding the line of succession in case of assassination.

Terminals?  We Don’t Need No Stinking Terminals

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Air Force One has priority over any other airplane (commercial or otherwise) at commercial airports.  The Presidential Flyer does not use terminals, instead it stays on the tarmac when the President disembarks.  All other air traffic is halted while Air Force One is on the ground.

FDR Was The First President To Take Flight – January 14, 1943

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt boarded a Boeing 314 Flying Boat (“The Dixie Clipper”) in Miami, Florida to meet with Winston Churchill in Casablanca, Morocco during the War.  There were stops in the Caribbean and Brazil and Gambia in Africa for refuels and rest along the journey. 

Ike Was The First President To Take Jet Flight – August 1959

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President Dwight Eisenhower was the first President to use a jet plane for travel in 1959.  A Boeing 707 Stratoliner was used to fly to Europe, jet airplanes have been used by the White House ever since.

President Ford Bootlegged Coors, Sort Of

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During the Presidency of Gerald Ford, his staff would routinely stock up Air Force One with cases of Coors Beer on trips out west.  At the time, Coors Beer was only available in 11 western States.  President Ford was so fond of the beverage that he had the White House supplied with Coors due to the Air Force One “bootlegging”.

Speaking Of Beer, There Were Differences Between Air Forces One And Two

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Air Force One was alcohol friendly with Bourbon and Wine stocked on-board.  Air Force Two did NOT serve alcohol on-board.  

Air Force One Was Once The House Of Jellybeans

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During the 1980’s, President Ronald Reagan was so enamored with jellybeans as a snack that he kept a supply of them on Air Force One.

Broccoli Was Once Banished From Air Force One

During George H.W. Bush’s Presidency, he hated broccoli so much that he forbid it off of the meals served on Air Force One.

Jacqueline Kennedy Spruced The Interior Of Air Force One

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During her husband’s term, Jackie Kennedy commissioned new interiors for Air Force One and was the brainchild of having a light blue color used in the process.

Miles Of Wire Run Through Air Force One

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Nearly 240 miles of wire run through Air Force One due to 85 phone lines and the multitude of communications equipment housed on board.

Air Force One Can Defend Itself

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Air Force One is fitted with defensive countermeasures in case of attack.  Flares can be fired from under the wings to throw off heat-seeking missiles.  The outer skin of the aircraft is fitted with electronic sensors that can jam enemy radar.  Air Force One can also withstand the concussive blasts of a nuclear attack with no radioactive fallout getting inside the airplane.

Journalists Have Their Own Section Of The Plane

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A team of 13 Journalists fly with Air Force One on every flight.  Their access is only limited to one section of the aircraft as you would need certain security clearances and credentials to access the two other sections of the plane.

Presidential Limousine Also Flies Too

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The Presidential Limousine flies ahead of Air Force One on a C-141 Starlifter Cargo Plane to land first.  This allows the President to walk off of Air Force One to his waiting limo no matter where in the world he flies to.  

There Were Two Predecessors To Air Force One

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President Kennedy was the first President to fly on what was called “Air Force One” in the early 1960’s.  Two previous Presidents also had their own personal airplanes for travel to and from the White House.  In the 1940’s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt had the “Sacred Cow”, a Douglas VC-54 C outfitted with an elevator lift for the President’s wheelchair.  President Harry S. Truman had the “Independence”, a Douglas VC-118 named after his hometown in Missouri in the 1950’s. 

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Diver Makes Stunning Ancient Find Off Florida Coast: ‘Very Rare’

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A diver in Florida recently made an incredible discovery while exploring the waters off the state’s coast.

Kyle Lundberg, who studied marine biology at the University of South Florida, was diving off Manasota Key, about 90 miles south of Tampa, when he stumbled upon an ancient mastodon tusk. He found this remarkable relic back in April while searching for fossils.

The tusk, which hasn’t been dated yet, could be millions of years old. Although he’s only 29 years old, Lundberg has been scuba diving for 12 years and has been hunting for fossils since he was “old enough to walk.”

“My dad would take us out to construction sites all the time to look for fossils as a kid,” Lundberg shared. He mentioned that while finding small pieces and chunks of tusk is common, discovering one as large and well-preserved as this is very rare. Tusks found in Florida are usually very delicate and often crumble apart.

According to the National Park Service (NPS), American mastodons went extinct around 10,500 years ago. Their fossils have been discovered across North America and Central America, from Alaska to Mexico. Despite what some people might think, mastodons are not the same as mammoths, though they are related and share a common ancestor with mammoths and elephants. Mastodons could grow as tall as 10 feet.

The NPS explains that while mastodons have been around since 4 to 3 million years ago, mammoths didn’t arrive in North America until much later, during the Pleistocene ice ages, which spanned from 2.6 million years ago to 11,700 years ago. Mastodons did live alongside mammoths in many areas, but all of these large creatures went extinct by about 10,500 years ago.

Lundberg has some advice for aspiring fossil hunters: remember to get a fossil permit. In Florida, these permits only cost five dollars each. “My best tip is to get out and explore and keep your head down,” he said. “This stuff is out there and all over the state.”

As for what will happen to the ancient mastodon tusk, Lundberg plans to keep it unless experts decide it is important enough to donate. “I plan on keeping it, but I do have to report it at the end of the year to the Florida Museum of Natural History,” he said. “If they deem it scientifically important, I have to donate it, but that is very unlikely.”

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Daring Rescue: Duluth Firefighters Save Dog from Frigid Lake Superior

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In a heart-pounding rescue mission on the shores of Duluth, Minnesota, a brave dog found himself in a perilous situation after leaping into the icy waters of Lake Superior. The daring rescue unfolded amidst eight-foot waves that crashed against the shore, creating a challenging environment for both man and canine.

The intense situation began when the adventurous dog managed to slip out of his leash, enticed by the allure of a chilly swim. Unbeknownst to the canine, Lake Superior’s vast expanse presented a danger he hadn’t anticipated. The situation quickly escalated, prompting the owner to dial emergency services.

To pinpoint the distressed dog’s location, dispatchers utilized cameras on a life bridge, offering a bird’s-eye view of the unfolding drama. The dog, buffeted by the relentless waves, struggled to stay afloat as firefighters donned specialized ice suits to brave the frigid waters.

These ice suits, designed for extreme cold-water rescues, provide a crucial barrier between the icy environment and the rescuers. Comprising layers of insulated materials, these suits not only keep firefighters warm but also offer buoyancy and protection against the harsh elements.

As the brave firefighters plunged into the turbulent waters, the dog faced the dual challenges of the waves and the numbing cold. Despite the difficult conditions, the rescue team, guided by the worried owner who remained on the shore, managed to locate the struggling canine.

The dog, large and frightened, repeatedly disappeared beneath the waves, making the rescue a daunting task. Through effective communication between the owner and the firefighters, the team successfully secured the dog by the collar, preventing him from slipping away.

Once the dog was safely in their grasp, both the firefighters and the canine were brought to safety aboard a waiting boat. The dog, now shivering and scared, received prompt medical attention. After warming up, the resilient pup even leaped happily into his owner’s car, a heartwarming conclusion to a potentially tragic event.

The Duluth Fire Department, often questioned about responding to animal-related emergencies, emphasized the significance of such actions in a Facebook post. They highlighted the deep bond between pets and their families, explaining that in their experience, if emergency responders did not intervene, well-meaning bystanders might take unnecessary risks.

The post also revealed a chilling detail: one of the dog’s owners had considered jumping into the treacherous waters. The fire department strongly discouraged such actions, emphasizing the importance of leaving water rescues to trained professionals equipped with the necessary gear.

“The Duluth Fire Department wants to stress to the public the importance of not putting yourself into a situation you are neither trained nor equipped to handle,” the post warned. “Given the wave and temperature conditions in the canal last night, anyone entering the water without the proper training and equipment would most likely have ended in tragedy.”

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Teenager Sam Sieracki Soars to New Heights, Solving Rubik’s Cube in Free Fall

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Seventeen-year-old Sam Sieracki has etched his name into the Guinness World Records by solving a Rubik’s Cube while skydiving over West Australia. Jumping out of an airplane at 14,000 feet, Sam achieved the remarkable feat in just 28.25 seconds, breaking the previous record of 30.14 seconds held by Nitin Subramanian of the United States.

In a daring display of skill and concentration, Sam described the intense experience of solving the Rubik’s Cube in free fall. “It’s really intense. It’s very loud because you’ve got all the wind in your face,” Sam explained. “So it’s a lot harder to concentrate than if I’m just on the ground solving it… my record on the ground is a lot faster than in the air – it’s about 6.5 seconds.”

Despite facing challenges in the sky, Sam, who is both a speed-cuber and a skydiving enthusiast, tackled the feat with enthusiasm. It took him five attempts to surpass the previous record, showcasing his determination and resilience.

Sam, who has been attending speed-cubing competitions since 2017, expressed confidence in breaking the record but admitted that the challenge proved to be more demanding than expected. “Having attended speed-cubing competitions since 2017, I was confident about breaking the record, but it ended being far more challenging than expected and took me five attempts to achieve,” Sam remarked.

The teenager’s passion for both speed-cubing and skydiving has been a driving force in his pursuits. “I decided that I want to be a solo skydiver, so waited impatiently to turn 16 … so that I could become a licensed skydiver and go by myself,” Sam shared. “Since then, I’ve gone up to Jurien Bay every school holidays to do a few jumps, and am now up to 80 jumps in my second year of skydiving.”

Acknowledging the support of his loved ones, Sam expressed gratitude to his biggest fans and supporters, his mother and girlfriend, who encouraged him to break the world record. As a self-proclaimed rookie in the skydiving world, Sam doesn’t set grand goals but aims to continue improving his skills with each jump, all while enjoying the thrilling experience.

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Daughter Overwhelms Parents Restaurant With Customers By Posting On TikTok

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A seven-second video posted on TikTok by Jennifer Le has saved her parents’ Vietnamese pho restaurant from going out of business. In the video, Le showed the empty restaurant and her dad looking sad at the register. She then asked for social media’s help to keep the restaurant in business. The restaurant is in California and was doing ok before the pandemic, but has since had trouble getting customers to dine in.

The video went viral, and within hours, it had garnered millions of views and shares. People all over the world were touched by Le’s message and began sharing the video on their social media accounts. The response was overwhelming, with people expressing their support for the restaurant and their willingness to help.

As a result of the video, the restaurant was flooded with customers, many of whom had never heard of the place before. The increased business allowed Le’s parents to keep the restaurant open and the phones are ringing off the hook. The family was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and expressed their gratitude to everyone who had shared the video and visited the restaurant.

Le’s video is a perfect example of the power of social media to effect change. In just seven seconds, she was able to capture the attention of millions of people and inspire them to take action. The video also highlights the struggles faced by small businesses during the pandemic and the importance of community support in keeping these businesses afloat.

Le’s video has since become a source of inspiration for many people who are struggling with similar issues. It serves as a reminder that even the smallest actions can have a significant impact, and that we all have the power to make a difference in our communities.

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Massive Sandcastle Built by Auckland Brothers Impresses Scores of Beachgoers

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When you have run out of Christmas ideas, nothing beats going to the beach and letting your creative juices flow. That’s what two brothers in New Zealand did this past Boxing Day and ended up with an amazing and eye-catching sandcastle.

After building a massive sandcastle on Boxing Day, two Auckland boys gained praise from other people around Mt Maunganui’s beach area that day.

Jared and Paul Brandon spent 10 hours that day building a two-meter-high sandcastle, beginning with a sketch of the structure “on a piece of A4 paper” and beginning at high tide. The pair plans to turn this into a Boxing Day ritual.

On Christmas Eve, the brothers started strategizing on how to top last year’s one-meter-high tower on Boxing Day 2021.

Because Jared and Paul are “very competitive,” they wanted to outdo their performance from the previous year. Before beginning their construction, the two searched online for sandcastle designs after visiting Bunnings to get tools, buckets, as well as a footrest.

Both residents and visitors have expressed admiration and astonishment at the beautiful creation.

Jared chuckles, “A guy is assessing how tall it is currently with his beach umbrella.

Jared informed the media, “This one is 2 meters, so we needed a few footstools to climb up tall enough and also used a builder’s level so it didn’t topple over.

The 150-liter pail was the biggest we were able to use, and the traditional household bucket was a fairly small one. We purchased them both from Bunnings.

Paul explains, “There are a few techniques, such as two portions of water to one portion of sand.”

Then came the spatulas to shape the windows, then toothpicks for creating the roof piles, as well as the straws for blowing off the “extra sand.”

The previous night, the two worked on it until 8 p.m., and unlike last year, it is still standing.

“Time went by incredibly quickly; it seemed like we were only at the beach for five hours, instead of ten.” “Paul spoke to the press.

He claims that while working for a California hotel plus learning how to construct sandcastles as a kid-friendly activity, he acquired the skill there about eight years ago.

“Now that he’s used that knowledge and developed it, he taught me. Therefore, for the previous four to five years, whenever we had the time, we would construct a sandcastle once a year ” says Jared.

The two, who are both camera operators, intend to go much further next year and are hoping to enlist the aid of a larger family.

We will attempt to teach my sister as well as my brother-in-law to assist us as they appear interested this year. “We are striving to dredge up more relatives to get involved in creating a village in 2023.”

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