The link featured here is a video of then Pres. Elect Obama's trip from Chicago to Washington D.C. and is his first trip on Air Force One and meeting his pilot. When a new president is elected the pilot steps down and a new one is moved up.
Be sure to check National Geographic to see when it is on Sunday and watch and learn all about the other rides besides the "Beast" limo that Pres. Obama is riding in. Some of the trivia concerning Air Force One.
Fifty years after its debut, Air Force One is still flying high.
Air Force One’s inaugural flight took place on January 11, 1959, and the first model was a Boeing 707-320B airliner.
First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy selected the color scheme for Air Force One’s signature paint job.
Lyndon Johnson took the the presidential oath of office aboard Air Force One on the tarmac in Dallas following John F. Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963.
First Lady Nancy Reagan designed the interior of the current Air Force One, styling it in a Desert Southwest motif.
The current Air Force One flew its first presidential mission on September 6, 1990, flying President George H.W. Bush first to Kansas, then to Florida, and finally back to Washington, D.C.
The Air Force operates two identical planes that are used to carry the President. Neither aircraft can be called “Air Force One” until the President steps aboard. The second plane, which carries the Vice President, is referred to as “Air Force Two.”
During presidential tours, the Air Force One is accompanied by at least two C-5 Galaxy aircrafts carrying cargo that includes a bulletproof limousine; a top-of-the-line ambulance; at least one backup limo, often with many more for use as decoys; and occasionally even the President’s personal helicopter, Marine One.
Many of the more outlandish gizmos featured in Hollywood films owe more to artistic license than to airborne fact. For example, unlike in the film Air Force One, the real thing has no super-secret escape pod. It isn’t equipped with parachutes, either -- the massive slipstream created by an aircraft of its size makes them impossible to use.
When he left office, President Ronald Reagan stated that he hoped one day to be able to share Air Force One with the American people. In 2005, his wish was granted. Visitors to the Reagan Library are able to board the Air Force One that served as the “Flying White House” for President Reagan and six other U.S. presidents from 1973-2001.
So there you have a little trivia...some useless information about Air Force One. Much more to be learned at the web site... you can see the air plane...explore it a little and look at different places on it and learn a little more about it.
There is much more to be learned. Yet there is much that is still secret about it too. But that's ok. We don't need to know everything, some things need to be kept secret for safety's sake.