The US Air Force recently acquired a new $64 million Gulfstream private jet for VIP government officials — see inside

  • The US Air Force's 89th Airlift Wing provides travel for top government employees including the President of the United States
  • The wing primarily uses a fleet of modified civilian aircraft including the Boeing 747-200 used as Air Force One. 
  • Its newest aircraft, a military variant of a Gulfstream G550, was delivered to Joint Base Andrews in late December
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The US Air Force operates a VIP transportation system for the government's top employees. Most known for flying the president of the US on Air Force One, the Air Force also flies elected officials, cabinet secretaries, and even top generals on a fleet of VIP-configured aircraft. As part of the Air Force's Special Air Mission, the 89th Airlift Wing based at Joint Base Andrews near Washington, DC operates a VIP fleet with the stated mission of "Enabling national interests through global transportation for America's senior leaders."

Its most frequent flyers include the president, vice president, first lady, secretary of state, secretary of defense, and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a spokesperson for the wing told Business Insider.  The aircraft in its fleet are primarily civilian aircraft sometimes modified for military use and receive military designations, as seen with Air Force One being a modified Boing 747-200 designated as the VC-25A. The 89th Airlift Wing recently took delivery of its newest aircraft, a Gulfstream 550 designated as a C-37B, just before Christmas.

The US Navy's website[2] says that the aircraft cost £64 million.

Though the interior of the recently-received aircraft hasn't officially been released, the Air Force provided Business Insider with photos of one of its other Gulfstream C-37Bs. 

Here's a look inside one of the aircraft that the government's top officials use to jet around the world. 


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