These Are the Most Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Air Force One

Donald Trump and past presidents have flown around the world on Air Force One, the plane known as the “flying Oval Office.” Trump wants to change a few things about the plane — or, more accurately, its next iteration. You might think there’s only so much to know about the presidential plane. But as Trump likely discovered, the aircraft has many quirks and plenty of unusual features.

Below, check out the most fascinating facts you didn’t know about Air Force One.

1. There are actually 2 planes called Air Force One

Air Force One

There are two just in case. | Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

“Air Force One” sounds like just one plane. But Live Science reports it is actually the radio call name for any Air Force plane on which the president travels. The naming convention began after an incident in 1953, when Eastern Air Lines flight 8610 flew into the same airspace as Dwight D. Eisenhower’s plane, which was called Air Force 8610 at the time. Today, “Air Force One” refers to one of two aircraft that are specially equipped to carry the president and the people he needs to travel with him. The two aircraft carry the tail codes 28000 and 29000, according to the White House. And there are two so one will always be ready to go in case of an emergency.

Next: The plane offers lots of space for people to move around the cabin.

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