You won’t find the president of the United States waiting at the airport to catch a flight. He has his own airplane, called Air Force One. Now, a reproduction of this plane at Maryland’s National Harbor will give you a close-up view of how the president travels.
Howie Franklin served five US presidents as Chief Steward on Air Force One. He served Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. His in-dept knowledge led him to help recreate the famed plane which is about to go on display to the public.
A full-size replica of the aircraft that carries the president of the United States on trips across the country and around the world will be on display at National Harbor, Maryland, just outside Washington through the holiday season.
American history enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see a full-size replica of the “Flying White House” and learn about the nation’s most prominent airplane for a limited time at Quonset State Airport in North Kingstown.
The exhibit is a life-sized re-creation of Air For One constructed by the Children's Democracy Project. Created to inspire the next generation of leaders, the Air Force One Experience aims to connect children with the principles of American democracy through a relatable and exciting experience.
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.
Time was, the only way to guarantee a seat on Air Force One was to get 270 electoral votes. But for the next six weeks, thanks to an organization called the Children’s Democracy Project, all it will take is a drive to Quonset Point and $17.50 if you’re adult, or $10 if you’re a child aged 5 to 12.
An exact replica of Air Force One, serving as a museum and learning center, is on display in Rhode Island
The Boeing 747 is made to look exactly like the plane currently in use by President Donald Trump which served Presidents Obama and Bush as well. It will remain in Rhode Island till the end of October and will be taken next to New York before going onto its final destination of DC
The outside of the 747 is painted the same as Air Force One, and with the help of longtime flight steward Howie Franklin, the inside has been recreated exactly like the current aircraft. He says serving for five presidents as steward for 18 years gave him a sense of the power of the appearance of Air Force One.
The Children’s Democracy Project worked with a team of Air Force One stewards who served under Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton and George W. Bush to recreate the aircraft with historical precision.