Air Force One is known around the world as the sole mode of long distance transportation for the president of the United States. The first president to fly on an aircraft whilst in office was Franklin D. Roosevelt. The actual U.S. Air Force One was created with the signing of the National Security Act of 1947; this legislation was signed by Harry S. Truman while he was actually flying the plane designated for the president at the time. Air Force One was created because the Secret Service was concerned that commercial air travel was unreliable and could not provide the level of security the president needed. Air Force One applies not only to the specific plane used by the president, but is also the call sign for any aircraft the president should need to fly on. The current Air Force One is the iconic Boeing 747 and is equipped with countless safety measures as well as a myriad of ways to protect the plane from countless security threats.
This episode from “Informed”, an educational series distributed to Public Television PBS Member stations, will be airing in the coming weeks. Make sure to tune in for an in depth look into the history of Air Force One as well as a look into what the future holds for the program.