The United States President is one of the most powerful persons in the world. That title secures him many privileges which bring a variety of vehicles under his command. Because of the President’s role as Commander-in-Chief he exclusively uses military transports for international travel, however, the civilian Secret Service operates the Presidents motorcade.
Meet the Beasts on air, land and sea used for President’s transportation.
Air Force One
Air Force One is the official air traffic control call sign for a United States Air Force aircraft carrying the President of the United States. In common parlance, the term refers to those Air Force aircraft specifically designed, built, and used for the purpose of transporting the president. The presidential aircraft is a prominent symbol of the American presidency and its power.
The current model of presidential state car is a unique Cadillac built upon a medium-duty truck platform. The car is equipped with many life-saving, offensive, and defensive measures, and is built to the United States Secret Service’s standards. When riding in the state car, the president is cut off from the outside world but has extensive 21st-century communications gear at hand. In a recent change, the vehicle bears standard Washington, D.C. license plates.
Ground Force One
Ground Force One is the unofficial code-name for the black armored buses used to transport the President of the United States and other dignitaries. The United States Secret Service formerly used rented buses as part of the presidential motorcade, with retro-fitting for secure communications where necessary. In August 2011 the Secret Service introduced a new permanent addition to the federal government’s fleet, initially for use by Barack Obama in the campaign leading up to the 2012 Presidential Election.
Marine One is the call sign of any United States Marine Corps aircraft carrying the President of the United States. It usually denotes a helicopter operated by Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1 “Nighthawks”), either the large VH-3D Sea King or the newer, smaller VH-60N “WhiteHawk”. A Marine Corps aircraft carrying the Vice President has the call sign Marine Two.
Navy One is the call sign of any United States Navy aircraft carrying the President of the United States. There has only been one such aircraft: a Lockheed S-3 Viking, BuNo 159387, assigned to the “Blue Wolves” of VS-35, which transported President George W. Bush to the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast of San Diego, California on May 1, 2003. The pilot was Commander Skip Lussier, then VS-35’s executive officer; and the flight officer was Lieutenant Ryan Phillips.