Air Force One Tour Experience Set to Open in D.C.
If you’ve ever wondered what the real Air Force One looks like, this may be your opportunity to get to see it. There is a replica of Air Force One (of course, Air Force One is merely a call sign when the President is onboard any aircraft. For simplicity’s sake, we’ll use the call sign reference through this post) converted from a cargo 747 plane that gives people the opportunity to tour the aircraft to see what the real Air Force One looks like. This is a temporary exhibit that will open next Friday, October 19, 2018 in National Harbor, just outside of Washington, D.C. You can see video of the aircraft being delivered via barge at the Baltimore Sun.
The exhibit is part of the Children’s Democracy Project. The project’s website says it, “…has embarked on a landmark initiative to bring powerful lessons teaching the value of democracy and the right to vote to 50 million children across America.” The project has included exhibits about the history of the Presidency, including exhibits on George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, as a way to teach young (and I’d also add old).
So here’s the details:
- When? The exhibit opens on October, 19, 2018.
- Where? National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD (just outside of Washington D.C.).
- How? Tickets can be booked here.
- How much? $30 for adults; $20 for college students, seniors, and military; $15 for children; and $49 for VIP tickets.
The tour is expected to last one hour. You will have to choose a time slot when you go to book tickets. There seems to be a good deal of availability for most days, although many days for the next few weeks have the VIP tickets already sold out. The VIP ticket gets you access for the entire day and a device to play the audio tour on. No worries if you don’t want to pay the extra amount — you can use your cell phone in the exhibit for an audio tour.
Are you not in D.C. or won’t be traveling there anytime soon? No problem! The event website says the replica will be making its way to New York City in 2019.
It should be noted that photos are not allowed in the exhibit itself. But there is availability to take photos outside of the Air Force One replica. Food and drink are also not allowed. If you end up going, be sure to let us know. We’d love to hear about it. This is a chance for the general public to get the chance to see the replica. Disclaimer: Since we haven’t been on the replica, it’s hard to say how accurate the replica is to the current aircraft used by the President.