Top 5 Facts: Air Force One
1 – Sacred Cow
The first presidential aircraft was introduced in 1945 and was a converted C-54 Skymaster. It was nicknamed the Sacred Cow and carried Roosevelt and Truman.
3 – Previous owners
Ex-US presidents also sometimes travel on Air Force One to large state occasions, such as in 1981 when Nixon, Ford and Carter all flew to Cairo, Egypt, for a funeral.
4 – Shooting some hoops
In March 2012 President Barack Obama invited the British Prime Minister David Cameron to fly on Air Force One to a basketball game taking place in Ohio.
5 – The new model
The two VC-25As currently in use by the US president are set to be replaced in 2017 with three new jetliners. These will either be Boeing 747-8s or Boeing 787 Dreamliners.