AIR FORCE 1
President-elect Donald Trump may think $4 billion is too much to spend on a pair of revamped jets to serve as Air Force One, but nothing makes you appreciate modern, if expensive, amenities like a good dive into the past.
The current iteration of the presidential jet, a Boeing 747, offers military spec flight controls and communications, and five-star accommodations including bedrooms, offices, dining room, and medical operating theatre. The next generation will take it all further. But if Trump really prefers a back-to-basics, pared down, plane (LOLOL), he can look to this Boeing 707 for inspiration. Delivered in 1959, the first jet to fly as a dedicated presidential carrier served Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon.
The plane is currently on display at Seattle’s Museum of Flight.
“The interior, thankfully, is pretty much the original configuration,” says Ted Huetter, the museum’s PR and promotions manager.
Start your tour in the middle of the plane, at what is unmistakably a boss’s chair, in front of a melamine desk, surrounded by banquette seating. Moving toward the rear, you’ll go through the conference room and past a secretary station on the right. The rows of blue seats familiar to any air passenger held the press corps. At the very back are two cozy restrooms, and a galley with a fancy (for the time) Hotpoint range.