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President Obama To Take One Last Ride Out of Town Aboard 'Air Force One'


It's (literally) one of the biggest perks of being President of the United States: Air Force One.

US Secret Service Uniformed Division vehicles pass in front of Air Force One after US President Barack Obama boarded his motorcade upon return on December 6, 2016. Image Credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Today, the White House announced President Obama's Tuesday trip to Chicago for his farewell speech, and the subsequent return to Washington, will be his final flights on AF1 as POTUS.

But he gets one more complimentary trip after January 20th, as press secretary Josh Earnest told the White House press corps Monday afternoon:

“It is obviously tradition for the former president to take one last flight aboard the Presidential aircraft at the conclusion of the Inauguration.”

Here's President George W. Bush departing Washington on Marine One, on his way to Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, after Barack Obama was sworn-in as President on Inauguration Day, January 2009:

Former President George W. Bush looks out over the U.S. Capitol as his helicopter departs January 20, 2009 in Washington. Image Credit: Eric Draper/The White House via Getty Images

Obama, too, will get a lift on Marine One to Air Force One on that final day of his presidency, but, unlike the Bush family, who were transported to their ranch in Texas, the Obamas are headed for vacation.

President Obama walks from Marine One to board Air Force One. October 25, 2016. Image Credit: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Said Earnest:

“That's certainly what I would anticipate, yes. The president and first lady will be leaving town shortly after the Inaugural Ceremony. But they will return, of course, to their rented house in Washington, D.C.”

No official word where exactly the former first couple will be headed, but Obama told Oprah Winfrey during an interview last month that he was going to take Michelle Obama on a trip to a less wintry locale.

“We're going someplace warm. See ya.”

And he'll get to take Air Force One, a Boeing 747-200B series airplane, a massive, customized plane with more than 4,000 square feet of space and three levels. There are two galleys; one medical “office,” which can also be transformed into an operating room, if necessary; a full conference room; and specialized communications and anti-aircraft weaponry systems. It can also be refueled in mid-air, which means it can stay up as long as need be, in the case of emergency.

President Obama boards Air Force One as he departs Germany following talks with European leaders on November 18, 2016. Obama is on his last trip to Europe as U.S. President. Image Credit: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

In June, Obama told a group of Air Force Academy graduates that he'd really miss flying on his private plane.

He also said the same to Ellen DeGeneres when he went on her show last February:

“I don't miss flying commercial, taking your shoes off and all that.”

Might want to get used to it; come January 21st, it's back to life as an everyday citizen.

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