What Air Force One Should Be
Air Force One should be a symbol of U.S. capability. Rather than lagging the U.S. aerospace industry by more than 50 years, it should lead it — or at least be up to date. In effect, it is the flying brand for the company, and it currently can’t even drop off the president without help, which China showcased by embarrassing President Obama a few weeks back.
Don’t roll out the staircase and how does the President of the United States egress the plane? Sliding on his ass down the emergency slide? Don’t provide the ground crews to disembark the Limo and how does he get to the palace, walk?
It should be able to take off and land vertically in an emergency, so it would be harder to capture. It should be transonic so it would be harder to catch and shoot down. That would allow it to land at places that would be harder to anticipate and be able to take off if the airfield were compromised.
In short, the next time a foreign government decides not to provide a stairway for the plane, it would be incredibly cool for its officials to be left standing while the plane flew right to the venue and dropped off the president at the front door.
It would be epic, Hell! It would be ‘Trumphic ‘!!!