Top 10 Expensive Things Associated With President of The United States
The president of the United States is the most powerful person on the planet with access to large resources and unlimited protection. Today Vidello Productions takes a look at 10 expensive things associated with the president of the United states.
10. Air Force One
One of the most secure planes on the planet, Air Force one is the official plane of the President of the United States and is responsible for his safe travel around the country and abroad.
The Boeing 747-200B aircraft has been heavily customised to accommodate moving a large part of the white house staff in one go and includes a military command centre, medical department, private residence and conference facilities including a secure meeting room.
The plane has a military command centre on-board and is rumoured to be able to withstand a nuclear explosion and multiple rocket attacks.
The plane’s interior is spread across three levels and covers around 4000 square feet of space and has a fully stocked galley that can accommodate everyone on board.
The plane is thought to cost US taxpayers roughly $206,000 for every hour it is in flight and the plane even includes its own mini version of the oval office, however its not completely oval.
9. Presidential Emergency Operations Centre
Located somewhere under the White House is the Presidential Emergency Operations Centre, or P.E.O.C for short.
The Operations centre, which also acts as a secure bunker has the ability to withstand nuclear attack and was constructed during world war II for President Franklin D Roosevelt.
Several members of the White House staff were evacuated to the P.E.O.C during the September 11th terrorist attacks in 2001.
The operations centre has been used for several high profile operations including military missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
8. The White House
Both the home of the president and an international icon of the presidency, the White House is the most secure building on the planet.
The is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., and has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800.
The first oval office was created in 1909 and the third-floor attic was converted to living quarters in 1927.
The east wing houses the main offices for the presidential staff, while the west wing holds the oval office.
Next to the white house is the Eisenhower Executive Office Building which was the former State Department that now houses offices for the President’s staff and the Vice President.
7. The Beast
Famous throughout the world, The Beast is the informal name of the presidents car which he uses to travel to and from places outside the white house.
The car features an armour plated fuel tank that is surrounded by expandable foam to prevent any explosions.
The presidents seat is fitted with a satellite phone with direct lines to both the vice president and the pentagon.
The doors are over 8 inches thick and are as heavy as the cabin doors on a Boeing 747 jet, providing a secure air tight seal to prevent chemical attacks.
The windows feature 5 layers and include poly-carbonate shielding that can withstand armour piercing bullets and only the drivers window can open about 3 inches.
The beast has had several incidents in its long service, once in Israel when a driver put the wrong fuel in it and another time when it became stranded on a ramp outside the Dublin Embassy.
6. Marine One
The main helicopter or any other United States Marine Corps vehicle carrying the president, carries the call-sign Marine One.
The helicopters can fly in a group of up to 5 as a security measure and is met on the ground by at least one marine dressed in full uniform.
Marine One is equipped with flares to counter heat-seeking missiles and chaff to counter radar-guided missiles, as well as having infrared countermeasures on-board.
When the president is not on-board, Marine one is transported on longer trips via the C-17 Globe-master or C-5 Galaxy military transport planes.
Every member of the helicopters detail must pass several stringent security checks before they can use the transportation.
5. Joint Base Andrews
Located in Prince George’s County, Maryland, this large military installation falls under the jurisdiction of the United States Air Force 11th Wing, Air Force District of Washington.
The base is known as a servicing area for both Air Force One aircraft, however the base is also equipped with combat ready aircraft on a daily basis.
The base has 2 runways, one on the west side of the base measuring 11,300 feet (3,400 m) in length, and the eastern runway is 11,700 feet (3,600 m) in length.
The base was used during the September 11th attacks to secure the skies over Washington DC.
4. US Capitol Building
The heart of American Government Administration, The U.S Capitol Building is situated in the heart of down town Washington DC.
Originally completed in 1800, it houses the House of Representatives in the south wing and the Senate in the north wing.
The capitol building hosts some major events including the presidential inaugurations which happen every 4 years and in which the front of the Capitol is outfitted with a platform and a grand staircase.
Numerous former presidents, senators, and other officials often lie in state somewhere in the capitol building after they have died.
Other annual events at the Capitol include Independence Day celebrations, and the National Memorial Day Concert.
3. Ground Force One
Ground force 1 is the nickname for the new addition to the presidential motorcade, the X3-45 VIP 3 axle black armoured buses that are used to transport the President of the United States and other dignitaries.
The buses were outfitted by the Secret Service with secure communications and other specialised equipment and are thought to have cost $1.1 million each.
The buses provide 505 square feet of interior space, and include flashing police-style red and blue lights on the front and the back.
2. Situation Room
The situation room is located under the white house’s west wing and is more formally known as the John F. Kennedy Conference Room.
With over 5,525-square-foot of space this conference room and intelligence management centre is run by the National Security Council staff for the use of the President of the United States and their advisors.
The Situation Room is equipped with secure, advanced communications equipment for the President to maintain command and control of U.S. forces around the world.
The room contains a secure direct feed to air force one, 5 large video rooms and sensors were installed in the ceilings to detect cellular signals to prevent unauthorised communications and bugging.
Renovations on the situation room were formally completed by mid-May 2007 with president bush formally opening the area with a ribbon cutting ceremony on the 18th may 2017.
1. The Pentagon & The President
Seen as the heart and headquarters of American Defence, the Pentagon is a 5 sided re-enforced building that is located in Washington D.C.
The Pentagon is one of the world’s largest office buildings that employs approximately 23,000 military and civilian employees.
The Pentagon has five floors above ground, two basement levels, and five ring corridors per floor with a five-acre central plaza, which is shaped like a pentagon and informally known as ground zero.
The hall of heroes, located withing the pentagon, was opened during a Medal of Honour awards ceremony on May 14, 1968.
President Lyndon Johnson officiated the ceremony and awarded the Medal of Honour to four serviceman with it being the first time that all four services were represented in a Medal of Honour Ceremony.
The president regularly visits the pentagon to meet with the secretary of defence for talks on foreign policy and on going operations.
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