The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: VC-25 Air Force One

Air Force One is flown over Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Air Force One is flown over Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota. (U.S. Air Force photo)

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Manufacturer: Boeing

Function: Presidential Air Transport

Service Date: 1990

Speed: 630 mph

Crew: 26

Production:

Inventory: 2

Commentary: The VC-25 is most famous for its role as Air Force One, the call sign of any US Air Force aircraft carrying the President of the United States. The two aircraft currently in US service are highly modified versions of Boeing’s 747-200B, with tail numbers 28000 and 29000. Although the Air Force One designation technically applies to the aircraft only while the President is aboard, the term is commonly applied to the VC-25s more generally.