...and, if necessary, an additional AF1 flight crew,
Which reflects it's great endurance. But does anyone know if in-flight refueling has ever been utilized on an official trip? Or is that more for contingencies than regular usage?
Nope it has never been used for real, they only tested the system out when the jets were being built. We refuel the E-4B all the time, which is a shorter version of the 747. People always confuse the E-4 with AF1 when it's flying in the pattern here in Lincoln.
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Ok. Thanks for setting me straight Elliboom. I don't know why I had this image in my cranium, that I had seen a pic of AF1 from the boom station of a KC-10 (even though I know you're a -135 Boomer).
So, it was the NAOC you refueled. That plane can actually serve as AF1 if need be, but in actual practice, I think it has only been done a couple of times. Not sure on an exact number of times this has been done. The E-4 also has a "Flying White House" setup, not unlike AF1.
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