Photo gallery: With Air Force One due for an upgrade, a look back
After flying President Barack Obama more than a million miles while he has been in office, Air Force One is due for an upgrade.
According to the New York Times, the “Defense Department hopes to sign an initial contract with Boeing in the coming weeks to begin the long process of assembling a new presidential aircraft capable of ferrying the commander in chief around the world with the capacity to run a war from midair if necessary. Built on the frame of a Boeing 747-8, it will be bigger, more powerful, able to fly farther and vastly more advanced technologically than the current customized Boeing 747-200B jumbo jet.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first president to fly aboard a plane converted for his use, called the Sacred Cow, in 1945, the New York Times writes. The Air Force One designation was said to first be used during Dwight D. Eisenhower's tenure. Now it is a symbol of the power of the president and the United States around the globe.