Air Force One flying over Area 51.

Air Force One is the official air traffic control call sign for a United States Air Force aircraft carrying the President of the United States. It was used to evacuate President Thomas Whitmore, his daughter Patricia and remaining staff (General William Grey, Albert Nimziki, Constance Spano), David and Julius Levinson from Washington, D.C. before it was destroyed by a City Destroyer. The plane barely escaped from the ensuing devastation.

Thereafter, Air Force One became the de facto capital of the United States. The plane was destined for Peterson Air Force Base to relocate the President to NORAD. However, NORAD was destroyed shortly following the failed counterattack against the aliens.[1] Air Force One later landed at Area 51.


Behind the ScenesEdit

  • Air Force One was a four-foot model shot on a miniature runway setpiece representing Andrews Air Force Base, as well as via motion control against a bluescreen for shots involving the wall of fire in the city destruction scenes.
  • Scenes of Air Force One in the air with its escort jets are models that were suspended on fishing line in front of a ten-foot by eight-foot sky photograph and filmed with a drifting camera while the photo background was moved on a dolly.
  • Air Force One's landing on the ground at Area 51 was done in-camera by placing the model on a miniature runway piece in the foreground with the actual Utah airport location in the background.


  1. Independence Day: Official Novelization

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