Air Force One

Air Force One (1997)

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Corrected entry: There is a scene late in the movie, when they send a fax to the White House - "it's on a different line" So why don't they just use the handset of the fax machine to make a normal voice call? If the machine had no handset (can't remember) just switch the jacks of the phone and fax...

Correction: The "future Postmaster General" doesn't just say that the faxes are on different lines, but on different encryptions. If the fax lines are encrypted, the code for deciphering it would lie in the fax machine itself. You can therefore not switch jacks. And the fax has no handset.


Corrected entry: When Air Force One is first attacked by US jet planes, the terrorist pilot states that he can't move the control column at all, because the onboard computer has stuck it, and he can't do anything about it. Later on, when the plane is again attacked, (this time by planes coming from Kazakhstan), Harrison Ford can steer the plane freely. Was the onboard computer turned off this time?

Correction: The President just asked the Colonel who's helping him fly how to disengage the auto-pilot.

Corrected entry: When press liason Melanie Mitchell is brought up to the communications deck for execution she is wearing black nylons. When her corpse is carried out several minutes later her legs are skin tone. (01:07:29)

Correction: She has the skin tone coloured nylons on the whole time, she is just standing in shadows, but as she walks forward, you can see they are still skin toned.

Corrected entry: Air Force One is always escorted by American fighter planes, and although it is considered courteous for foreign countries to offer escort, offers are always refused.

Correction: Not always. When AF1 came to Australia he was given an RAAF F/18 escort. Certainly he didn't refuse an escort on this occasion.

Corrected entry: When you see the secret service agents put the president in the escape pod, you can see that the door does not shut properly but when they shift to the last of the two agents shooting against the terrorists and then shift back you see that the door is fully shut.

Correction: This mistake is explained earlier. The door is shut before the pod is jettisoned because the president gets out of the pod and closes the door tightly so not to alert the agent to secure the door and look inside and find the president is no longer in the pod

Vernon Gilmore

Corrected entry: Late in the film, William Macy's air force character states he can't fly the plane, but he has pilot's wings on his insignia.

Correction: Being a 'pilot' doesn't mean you can fly a Boeing 747, particularly a highly modified one like Air Force One. He might be qualified on small, piston engined trainers, a completely different kind of flying.

Corrected entry: During the takeover scene as the last two surviving Secret Service agents are getting the President into the escape pod the first one gets shot in the back as he's closing the door behind the President and punching in (what I assume are) the escape pod launch codes. As he's falling dead the door reopens and remains ajar as the second Secret Service agent turns around and returns fire. They cut away then cut back to the second Secret Service agent continuing to return fire and all of a sudden the door is shut and locked.

Correction: The President doesn't escape on the pod. It's not shown, but the viewer has to assume that the door is closed and locked after the President leaves the pod, to remain on board. It's a diversion so that the terrorists think that he has escaped.


Corrected entry: None of the planes used as the real Air Force One have an escape pod. President Bill Clinton is said to have remarked on this detail after seeing the film at a White House screening.

Correction: That isn't strictly true, The American govt. has always denied rumours of a 5 man escape pod, supposedly in the rear of Air Force One, however, engineers have said there is one, as have many ground and service crew members.

Matt Tyrrell

Corrected entry: In one scene a terrorist is seen taxiing the 747 on the ground using the control column. Like most commercial jets the aircraft is 'steered' on the ground using a tiller which is to the left (or right) of each pilot. The control column is only used for take off, landing and in flight. Only excuse: The terrorist may not have known this.

Correction: It is true that there is a steering "tiller" on the left and right of the pilots. These are used for turning the plane at low taxi speeds. They give 70 degrees of turning capability. But at higher speeds (takeoff and landings) the rudder pedal steering is used. They provide 7 degrees of steering.

Corrected entry: Three parajumpers (PJ) get aboard Air Force One, but four leave. This is confirmed by a voice-over saying that PJ number 3 is aboard and that they are switching to receive mode (or something like that).

Correction: I'm pretty sure that the reason there are 4 retrivals is because PJ 1 or 2 returns for a second rescue.

Corrected entry: Toward the end of the film and after the President kills Korshunov, the film cuts to a scene in the White House. A guy runs into the room and shouts "Mr President, we have re-taken the plane." The President is on Air Force One, not in the White House.


Correction: He says "It's the President - we have re-taken the plane." He meant the President was on the phone telling them the plane was secure.

Corrected entry: When the lady is showing the terrorists around she says the plane is bulletproof and is protected from the pulse of a nuclear explosion. Later on when the Mig's shoot at Air Force One, the bullets are going though the fuselage, engines rudder etc.

Correction: That refers to small arms fire if the aircraft is attacked on the ground. There is NO armor that any aircraft can carry that will stop a 23mm cannon like the Migs use.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: The weapons hold in Air Force One that the terrorists open to arm themselves has MP-5 SMGs and M4 assault rifles. Its understandable to carry SMGs in the plane, as they are designed for close quarters combat, but why assault rifles? These are designed for medium to high range combat and would probably penetrate the fuselage. Also, their recoil makes them inferior to the MP-5s at close range.

Correction: If Air Force One has to land, the M4 rifles would be used to defend the perimiter and the outside area of the plane.

Corrected entry: When Harrison Ford is brought up to the communications room by the terrorists, his wife calls him 'Jack', although the president's name is James Marshall.

Correction: Actually, his daughter calls him Dad, and then his wife calls him James.

Corrected entry: After the dogfights with the Migs Harrison Ford calls the leader of the F15 group 'Bob.' However a couple shots later you see that his first name is 'Jack' as it says on the side of the F15.


Correction: Harrison Ford is not talking to the leader of the friendly figher planes. He is talking to a Colonel that is helping him fly the plane.

Corrected entry: In the final rescue scene, why don't the parajumpers just deliver parachutes to Air Force One, since it was already established that you could jump off the rear ramp, instead of trying the overly risky midair transfer?

Correction: Because Air Force One was over water...they would have drowned if they parachuted one would have been able to pick them up out of the water in time.

Corrected entry: When the terrorists, still disguised, are going to board the plane one of the president's advisors tells them that the plane can withstand a nuclear explosion (very unlikely). Even if we take this as true, then how come the MIG's cannons cause so much damage to the fuselage?

Correction: Of course it can't survive a nuclear blast, and this is never stated. What it can survive is the EMP blast of a nuclear explosion as said by the press officer.

Corrected entry: At the end of the film when the President etc. are being transferred from Air Force One to the other plane, why does Xander Berkeley's "inside man" character pull a gun and start threatening everybody? All the other terrorists are dead, the man they wanted to free from prison is dead, and nobody knows he was the inside man. What does he have to gain from this?

Correction: Because there is only time for one more man to escape from the plane. If Gibbs can be the last man off the plane, he can claim the William H. Macy character was the traitor, since there wouldn't be any witnesses to say otherwise.

Factual error: The plastic explosive used on the cockpit door was C-4. When shot (as shown), C-4 does not explode; it requires the use of a detonator.

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Trivia: A little aside - when the terrorists first strike, in amongst the confusion you can hear someone shout "get the football!" The "football" is the name used for the case which contains the nuclear launch codes, but this is never explained. It's not a major thing, but interesting to note that they included it as a little detail. Good to know a childhood spent reading Tom Clancy books wasn't wasted...

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