34. Presidential Quarters

Welcome to your private sleeping quarters. These are the only two beds aboard Air Force One - except for a couple of beds for the pilots. So really, everyone else — the staff, Secret Service on board — they’ll sleep on couches, on floors. I’m not kidding, it’s like a slumber party.

And to tell you the truth, and I don’t want to disappoint you, but your beds — well, they’re not even real beds. They’re actually couches that pull out into beds.

Now, you might be thinking, “Hey, I’ve seen private jets ten times more luxurious!”

But here’s the thing: Air Force One isn’t about luxury. It’s about function. This isn’t supposed to be a flying palace — it’s a mobile command center… to help you protect and defend the people of the United States.

Have a look around. See the colors, the beige and earth tones? The tapestry up front? Remember earlier in the tour, when we talked about Mrs. Jackie Kennedy redesigning Air Force One’s exterior? Well, another First Lady was responsible for most of the interior: Mrs. Nancy Reagan. These colors were inspired by the landscape surrounding the Reagan home in Palm Springs, California - and the open spaces of the American Southwest.

Well, congratulations. You made it through your first flight. But now you’ve got a different challenge — exit the airplane… and go out and face the world.

This is the last quiet space you’re going to have for awhile. So… take a moment. And meet me by the exit door of the aircraft.