The cost of flying the President of the United States on Air Force One is continuing to skyrocket. In 2014, documents released after a Freedom of Information request showed that it costs the Air Force $228,288 (USD) an hour to fly the presidential airplane -- an amount that includes fuel, onboard food and drink, repair costs, and aircraft and engine overhaul. Just two years earlier, the hourly cost was estimated at $179,750.
Air Force One is essentially a three-level Oval Office in the sky -- a retrofitted Boeing 747 with 4,000 square feet (371.6 square meters) of interior space. The presidential airplane includes a conference room, a dining room, private quarters for the president, offices for staff, a medical operating room, a press area and two food prep galleys capable of serving 100 meals.
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