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See what it's like to fly as president of the United States.

Jess McHugh
July 07, 2017

Most people will never have the chance to enter Air Force One, or even see it up close. The plane is reserved for the president of the United States and his immediate circle, transporting him on diplomatic travels around the world.

A new project is hoping to bring that experience to a wider group of people by creating a replica of Air Force One using a retired Boeing 747.

The Air Force One plane currently in use by US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.
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The Boeing 747 has been parked in the airport at the Quonset State Airport in Rhode Island for several years and will be transformed into the center of an exhibit on Air Force One set to travel around the country. Both the interior and exterior will mimic the details of the real Air Force One, workers told local news station Channel 10.

"My Air Force One" is behind the replica, as part of the Children's Democracy Project, an organization that teaches kids about civil rights and their civic duties.

The U.S. government began the process to upgrade the real Air Force One in 2015, making it the first complete upgrade since the early 1990s, The Atlantic reported.

The interior of the retired Air Force One plane (active from 1973 to 2001) used by Ronald Reagan, with the Presidential desk where he wrote many of his famous speeches.
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“The presidential aircraft is one of the most visible symbols of the United States of America and the office of the president of the United States,” then Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said at the time of the announcement.

Former President Barack Obama flew 445 "missions" on Air Force One in his eight years in office, totaling over 2,779 hours in the sky, according to the White House pool report.

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