Part One – Head of State Transport

I previously talked about the origins of Air Force One and its connection to the Kennedy administration. However, the President of the United States is not alone in having a dedicated airborne ride.

This will be a multi-post effort to catalogue the VIP aircraft of many nations. Try and take a look and see if your country is included.

Canada

The Canadian government has one CC-150 Polaris (Airbus A310) and eight CC-144s (Challenger business jets) for use by the Governor-General, Prime Minister, Royal Family and other VIPs.  There was something of a political controversy when the larger Airbus was repainted a few months ago from an air force grey to a more colorful livery.

A CC-150 Polaris with its new livery (Photo: Sergeant Vaughan Lightowler, Canadian Forces Combat Camera)

A CC-150 Polaris sporting a new livery (Photo: Sergeant Vaughan Lightowler, Canadian Forces Combat Camera)

Rarely photographed bedroom on Canada's VIP CC-150 Polaris (Photo: Master Corporal Marc-Andre Gaudreault, Canadian Forces Combat Camera)

Rarely photographed bedroom on Canada’s VIP CC-150 Polaris (Photo: Master Corporal Marc-Andre Gaudreault, Canadian Forces Combat Camera)

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