NEW DELHI :
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are all set to visit India on 24-25 February by Air Force One, the most recognizable symbols of the presidency as the White House says.
Air Force One describes two identical highly customized Boeing 747-200B series aircrafts, which carry the tail codes 28000 and 29000 and the Air Force designation VC-25A. From Presidents Roosevelt to Trump, Boeing airplanes have transported US presidents around the world.
The most storied planes have a range of 7,800 statute miles with in-flight refueling that makes them capable of circling the globe.
Also referred to as the "flying Oval Office", the plane has 4,000 square feet of interior floor space on three levels. It houses quarters for the president and the first lady, a conference and a dining room. The plane also boasts of an office area for senior staff members, two galleys that can provide 100 meals at one sitting, work and rest areas for the presidential staff, media representatives and Air Force crews.
Air Force One comes equipped with classified defence system and multi-frequency radios for air-to-air, air-to-ground and satellite communications. The on-board electronics are hardened to protect against an electromagnetic pulse, and Air Force One is equipped with advanced secure communications equipment, allowing the aircraft to function as a mobile command center in the event of an attack on the United States.
Principal differences between Air Force One and the standard Boeing 747 include state-of-the-art navigation, electronic and communications equipment; its interior configuration and furnishings; self-contained baggage loader; and front and aft air-stairs, according to the US-based manufacturer.
Technically, Air Force One is used to describe any Air Force aircraft carrying the President — but since the middle of the 20th century, it has been standard practice to refer to specific planes that are equipped to transport the Commander-in-Chief.
Reportedly, Air Force One planes are based at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, near Washington, D.C., and are assigned to the 89th Airlift Wing of the Air Force's Air Mobility Command.