US President Joe Biden has arrived within the UK for his first official overseas trip.
It is his first cease on an eight-day go to to Europe. He will attend a G7 leaders’ assembly in Cornwall and see the Queen earlier than crossing the Channel for extra official occasions – together with his first Nato summit as president, and concluding by assembly Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva.
Mr Biden doesn’t journey evenly. The US president has an array of specialty autos to assist him transfer around in security and luxury, on land and within the air.
And none is extra iconic than the presidential aircraft – Air Force One.
The plane landed at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk on Wednesday, the place Mr Biden met with US personnel stationed on the base earlier than flying to Cornwall.
As the White House website explains, Air Force One is definitely the air site visitors management signal for any Air Force plane with the US president on board.
But for essentially the most half the time period is used to seek advice from the 2 well-known white and blue planes – specifically tailored Boeing 747-200B sequence plane, which carry the tail codes 28000 and 29000.
The planes have superior communications, avionics and defences – together with safety in opposition to electromagnetic pulses and flares to throw off heat-seeking missiles – which imply they will perform as an airborne, cell command centre in case of an assault on the US.
They are additionally able to refuelling within the air, that means in principle the planes have limitless vary.
Inside, there may be 4,000 sq ft (372 sq m) of ground area unfold over three ranges. Aside from a presidential suite, there are additionally medical amenities, meals galleys, and area for advisers, Secret Service safety officers and journalists.
For brief journeys within the air, the president makes use of helicopters – recognisable by their predominantly inexperienced physique and white prime.
Marine One – once more, not only one helicopter, however the identify for any Marine Corps plane carrying the US president – often refers to a VH-3D Sea King or a VH-60N White Hawk.
Decoy variations of Marine One usually fly alongside the president’s helicopter. It can also be often accompanied within the air by escort plane, together with the Osprey MV-22 – often called a “Green Top”.
UK readers could bear in mind the tilt-rotor plane flying over London during former President Donald Trump’s visit in 2018. They are able to vertical take off and touchdown, and are designed to mix the capabilities of a helicopter with the vary of a turboprop plane.
Once on the bottom, President Biden transfers from Air Force One or Marine One to Cadillac One – nicknamed The Beast.
This technology of presidential automobile debuted in 2018.
Manufacturer General Motors and the Secret Service haven’t given a lot away in regards to the automobile’s particular security measures. But reviews recommend it weighs about 9 tonnes (20,000lb), and has an armour-plated physique and bulletproof home windows.
It reportedly has tear fuel grenade launchers, evening imaginative and prescient cameras and a built-in satellite tv for pc cellphone. The passenger cabin is alleged to be sealed, and the tyres are bolstered so the automobile can nonetheless transfer even with flat tyres.
The Beast can maintain at the very least seven folks and has a variety of medical provides on board, together with a fridge with blood matching the president’s blood kind, in case of an emergency.
A big procession of autos – consisting of safety, medics, aides and the press – can also be a part of the presidential motorcade.
Secret Service brokers may have already travelled to Cornwall to scout out the situation of the G7 summit – searching for the perfect route by way of the slender nation lanes for The Beast and its entourage.
Former President Barack Obama’s go to to Downing Street in 2009 grew to become a viral hit after the automobile struggled to show within the well-known road. The driver on another trip in 2016 was more successful.
Access is strictly managed to Carbis Bay on the north coast of the county, the place world leaders are gathering for the occasion.
The world’s seven largest so-called superior economies participate in G7 summits. Aside from the US, this consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the EU.