Step inside the president's plane with this Air Force One replica In this Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 photo Alysia Palmisciano along with three of her children, Riley Palmisciano-Wright, 6, right, Chace Palmisciano-Wright, 4, center, and Camden Palmisciano-Wright, 4, left, view an exhibit on a wall outside the presidential conference room abroad the "Air Force One Experience," a full-sized 747 replica of Air Force One which is now open to the public in North Kingstown, R.I. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Step inside the president's plane with this Air Force One replica
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The image is among the most indelible of any American presidency: The commander-in-chief and first lady emerging with a wave from Air Force One.

Now, people outside the first family have a chance to recreate that shot, and get a behind-the-scenes peek at the world's most famous Boeing 747. A new Air Force One replica is currently on display in Rhode Island until the end of October and headed next to New York. It meticulously recreates many of the details inside the aircraft.

The Air Force One Experience is the brainchild of Ari Scharf, who says he hopes to inspire an appreciation for democracy, the right to vote and the United States.

"This is a great asset to let kids know America belongs to them. It's a very, very sensitive time right now. There's many people that feel they're not included in this country," Scharf said. "We have to do everything we can to get them engaged, to make them know their voice can be heard."

There are other ways to experience Air Force One: The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, for example, has an earlier, smaller Boeing 707 version on display. But Scharf said he wanted to recreate the current, 747 Air Force One, because it is a modern marvel. It allows the president to travel within his own domain.

Inside the plane, visitors can peek inside the president's bedroom, recreated here with two twin beds. They can imagine cabinet secretaries gathered in a conference room, or the president sitting at his desk. A small sitting area serves as a mobile medical clinic. The second floor of the plane, including the cockpit, is off-limits.

"We built this for kids, but we're finding that adults are enjoying this as well. I didn't expect to see all these adults coming without kids," Scharf said.

While the 747 is fully functional, and Scharf would not rule out flying it sometime, it is due to travel by barge to New York.

Still unfinished is the back of the airplane, in an area where the press sits on the real Air Force One. The replica will instead use the space for a learning center for school groups, Scharf said. The work should be finished before it opens in New York at a yet-to-be announced location next summer, Scharf said.

Only the president and his family are allowed through the front door of the real Air Force One. Perhaps that's why the front door seemed to be the biggest attraction one recent day, with visitors snapping selfies and getting each other to pose in front of the presidential seal.

"Your average person would never get the chance to do that," Ken Martin, of Plymouth, England, said shortly after taking photos with his friends on the rolling staircase.

Alysia Palmisciano, of Moosup, Connecticut, came with her four children. She homeschools her oldest son, Riley, 6, and she used their visit as an opportunity to talk with him about the presidency and what it means.

"A lot of people never get this close to Air Force One," she said. "It's pretty cool."

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COMMENTS (37)
  • AnnabelleA-del
    10/02/2017 - 05:29 p.m.

    I think the topic was very interesting. People will have the opportunity to learn about air force 1, and since it is going to be in New York, i will definitely visit soon! I can wait. :)

  • EthanG-del1
    10/02/2017 - 06:26 p.m.

    I think the new one is cool

  • AkshayB-del
    10/02/2017 - 06:30 p.m.

    A replica of the presidents plane helps people learn about Air Force One. It tells us all about where the president and his wife fly on a highly classified plane. It also encourages people to vote even kids when they grow up.This plane also may tell us information about the real air force plane that we may not know such as inside the president's bedroom, two twin beds,secretaries which gather in a conference room, and the president sitting desk.

  • JadeR-del
    10/02/2017 - 06:44 p.m.

    In the text Ari Scharf the brainchild of the air force one experience says "This is a great asset to let kids know America belongs to them. It's a very, very sensitive time right now. There's many people that feel they're not included in this country. We have to do everything we can to get them engaged, to make them know their voice can be heard."
    The text also said that Alysia Palmisciano mother of four, homeschools her oldest son Riley, age six. Alysia "used their visit as an opprutunity to talk with him about the presidency and what it means."
    The replica of the president's plane help people learn about Air Force One. An example of this is how sensitive a time it is right now and everyone is included in America. Another example is how it teaches children about the presidency and what it means. Therefor the replica of Air Force One help's people learn more about it,the presidency and how we are all included in America.

  • GregoryM-del
    10/02/2017 - 07:42 p.m.

    Now many people around the country can see the Air Force One ship. It shows every room and every detail in the world famous plane.They also have a learning center to teach people about the plane.

  • ChloeT-del
    10/02/2017 - 08:16 p.m.

    A replica of the president's plane help people learn about Air Force One. It's really cool that president can share the amazing airplane experience with other people. Even if people aren't part of the president's family, they can still be apart of the experience and see what the airplane looks like.

  • ChloeR-del
    10/02/2017 - 08:30 p.m.

    I can't wait for the Air Force 1 replica to come to New York. I will certainly visit it. It will an honor to get a first hand idea of how the most powerful person on earth travels and works as if he was in a flying White House!

  • MarianaG-del
    10/02/2017 - 08:36 p.m.

    It can help kids learn about how planes work and I hope it comes to New York soon so more kids can learn all about it

  • JasminderK-del
    10/02/2017 - 08:42 p.m.

    I find it great that people get to get an inside look at the Air force one plane replica, it give an inside look st what only the presidential family gets to see/ look at. Hopefully I get to visit it

  • OlivierJ-del
    10/02/2017 - 08:56 p.m.

    This is a great opportunity for children to get to realize the luxuries of famous and amazing planes. I hope when it comes to New York I can see the planes.

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