The Contrails: Aircraft, Weapons Systems: VC-25 Air Force One
U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs
/ Published November 09, 2016
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. --
Function: Presidential Air Transport
Service Date: 1990
Speed: 630 mph
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.