Air Force One replica on display in Rhode Island

Boston Globe | By Alyssa Meyers GLOBE CORRESPONDENT 



Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly on Air Force One?

You can get a taste by touring a replica of the presidential plane that’s currently open to the public in Rhode Island, according to a statement from The Children’s Democracy Project, the organization responsible for creating the exhibit.

The plane, a Boeing 747 remodeled to match Air Force One, includes a corridor with photos of US presidents, a conference room, a medical annex, a private office for the president, and living quarters for the president and first family to use while traveling abroad, the organization said.

The Children’s Democracy Project worked with a team of former Air Force One stewards who served under presidents from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush to accurately replicate the aircraft responsible for carrying presidents overseas.

Visitors on the jet can also catch a glimpse of a seat from the original Air Force One used by President John F. Kennedy, a letter President Abraham Lincoln wrote to a teenager on the importance of voting, a newspaper from 1791 announcing the arrival of President George Washington by horse, a magazine from 1949 describing President Harry Truman’s travels by train, and several other exhibits related to presidential travel.

The Air Force One Experience is meant to connect children to America’s political history through a hands-on learning experience, the organization said, although the exhibit is open to history buffs of all ages.

“We are at a very divisive time in America, and it’s more important than ever to teach children the value of democracy and urge them to embrace their responsibility as future leaders,” said Ari Scharf, the chairman of the board at the Children’s Democracy Project. “Kids love trains, planes and automobiles and what better vehicle to teach them than in a Boeing 747 classroom?”

The replica plane will be on display at the Quonset State Airport in North Kingstown through Oct. 31.

Visitors must purchase tickets ahead of time and pass through a security checkpoint in order to access the tarmac where the Air Force One Experience is located, the organization said. No cell phone or camera photography is allowed on the jet.

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