On Wed, May 14, 2003 at 10:41:28AM -0400, Albert LaFrance wrote:
> The cover story in the May 19 issue of U.S News and World Report is based on
> a new book, "Air Force One: A History of Presidents and Their Planes" by
> Kenneth T. Walsh (Hyperion, 2003).
> The article includes a cutaway drawing of the plane's main deck, where it's
> "Electronics include 85 telephones equipped with secure lines and standard
> air-to-ground connections,
That is basicly right. They have INMARSAT AERO H+. Verizon
AirFone, Iridium, and Boeing Connexion. In addiition they have the
antique multichannel WBFM UHF multiplex system via AT&T towers, and UHF
milsat (two independant systems). Several of these systems support STU
III connections... and secure teleconferencing.
> several two-way radios,
They have HF SSB, VHF and UHF radios on USSS and WHCA channels
(Wulfburgs tunable to most anything and capable of Fascinator security)
and ACARS along with VHF/UHF capable air to ground ATC radios
> fax machines,
They use a lot of fax links over the satellite connections.
> and many computers.
They have supposedly added high speed IP internet connectivity
> Also on board are 19 televisions
Over the USA they have the same Ku band satellite cable TV feeds
that Jet Blue and other airlines have added recently. This includes
CNN (and certainly Fox).
Dave Emery N1PRE, die@...
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