What is the Pope's Aircraft Called?

Any vehicle carrying the U.S. president usually has the word "one" tacked onto it, including everything from the famous Air Force One to the lesser-known Coast Guard One and Cadillac One. Picking up on the "one" theme, planes carrying the Pope are called Shepherd One.

More about official transport:

  • Many other countries use the "one" terminology for their heads of states' transport, too, including Brazil with For├ža Aérea One, Air India One and Presidential Bord One in Kazakhstan.

  • Not all heads of state travel on official aircraft, however. Top-ranking officials from Singapore, Norway and the United Kingdom all use normal commercial flights.

  • One of the most extreme government planes was used by Mobutu Sese Seko, the former president of Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In the 1970s and '80s, he rented a supersonic Concorde jet for his personal use as well as for shuttling his family to Europe for shopping trips.

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