Boeing VC-25

1st Flight 1987

The Boeing VC-25 is a military version of the Boeing 747 airliner, modified for presidential transport and operated by the United States Air Force as Air Force One, the call sign of any U.S. Air Force aircraft carrying the president of the United States.

Only two examples of this aircraft type are in service, they are highly modified Boeing 747-200Bs, designated VC-25A and having tail numbers 28000 and 29000.

Although technically the Air Force One designation applies to the aircraft only while the president is on board, the term is commonly used to refer to the VC-25 in general.

The two aircraft often operate in conjunction with Marine One helicopters, which ferry the president to airports whenever a vehicle motorcade would be inappropriate.

Two new aircraft, designated VC-25B and based on the Boeing 747-8, have been ordered by the USAF to replace the aging VC-25As.

Variants

VC-25A

Based on Boeing 747-200B

VC-25B

Based on Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, to replace the VC-25As

Specifications

Crew

26

Capacity

76 passengers

Length

231 ft 10 in (70.66 m)

Wingspan

196 ft 8 in (59.94 m)

Height

63 ft 5 in (19.33 m)

Max take-off weight

833,000 lb (377,842 kg)

Powerplant

4 × General Electric CF6-80C2B1 turbofan engines, 56,700 lbf (252 kN) thrust each

Performance

Maximum speed

547.5 kn (630.1 mph, 1,014.0 km/h) at 35,000 ft (10,668 m)

Maximum speed

Mach 0.92

Cruise speed

500 kn (580 mph, 930 km/h) / M0.84 at 35,000 ft (10,668 m)

Range

6,800 nmi (7,800 mi, 12,600 km)

Service ceiling

45,100 ft (13,700 m).

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