Posted By RichC on October 1, 2018
Air Force One is parked at Joint Base Andrews in Prince George’s County. Want to board? Run for the highest office in the land or join the White House press corps.
Or, for a slightly easier route, visit National Harbor as of Oct. 19, when what’s billed as an “identical model of the president’s aircraft” will be ready for tours.
The Air Force One Experience, a full-size 747 replica of said aircraft, is scheduled to arrive at National Harbor — by barge, from Rhode Island where the plane was refurbished — on Monday between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. It will remain there, at 701 National Harbor Blvd., adjacent to the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, through the holiday season.
The massive venue, an initiative of The Children’s Democracy Project, will host 90-minute tours, including what promises to be a “once in a lifetime chance to feel what it’s like to be president on Air Force One.” The visits don’t come cheap: $30 for adults, $15 for children ages 3-12 and $20 for seniors. And photos inside, per the FAQ, are strictly verboten.
It’s unclear just how realistic this Air Force One imitation will be, but given Andrews is all of eight miles away, it’s a good bet that someone who has been on the real thing will take the tour and report back.
The next version of the genuine article will be a modified Boeing (NYSE: BA) 747-8, with 4,000 square feet of interior floor space, advanced communications systems and the ability to withstand a nuclear blast. President Donald Trump struck a $3.9 billion deal with Boeing in February for two of them. To house them, the Pentagon will construct a 366,000-square-foot, two-bay maintenance hangar at Andrews with administrative and warehouse support space —115-feet high, 660-feet long and 575-feet wide.