This is the big bird. Air Force One is technically any plane the president is flying in. But this 747, with its unmistakable powder blue and gold paint job, is the real deal.
Here’s a more detailed description from the White House website: “Capable of refueling midair, Air Force One has unlimited range and can carry the President wherever he needs to travel. The onboard 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.
"Inside, the President and his travel companions enjoy 4,000 square feet of floor space on three levels, including an extensive suite for the President that features a large office, lavatory, and conference room. Air Force One includes a medical suite that can function as an operating room, and a doctor is permanently on board."
The president boards at the front of the plane. The press boards at the back. During the flight the press secretary or a deputy will come over to the press section and “gaggle” with reporters. It’s a short, off-camera but on the record briefing where we can ask questions.
Top image: Dana, the sister of Israeli soldier Tsafrir Bar-Or, mourns during his funeral in Holon near Tel Aviv July 21, 2014. REUTERS/Daniel Bar-On
Bottom image: A Palestinian woman wearing clothes stained with the blood of other relatives, who medics said were wounded in Israeli shelling, cries at a hospital in Gaza City July 20, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
Every single person I’ve met in a punk or rock band have been the nicest people I’ve met in my life.
My brothers were into punk rock and still are, but even with colored mohawks and spiked jackets, they still let me have piggy back rides in public and made funny voices when I was upset so that I would smile.