Air Force One

Air Force One (1997)

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Corrected entry: After the Navy plane has rescued the President and he is on board, the Navy pilot proclaims over his radio that he is changing his plane's call sign to "Air Force One" because the President is now on board. Only an Air Force plane with the President on board is Air Force One. (When the President is aboard a Marine helicopter, that chopper is "Marine One." The Navy pilot should have proclaimed (after rescuing the President) that his plane is now "Navy One."

Correction: They sent a USAF MC-130 (along with USAF pararescuemen). When the president is on board, he is in fact on board an Air Force plane.


Corrected entry: As Air Force One is taking off from Moscow, both pilots hands are shown on the throttle. However, once the two pilots are given clearance to take off from the tower, they are seen putting their hands back on the throttle. Weren't they already there?

Correction: The First Officer's hand was not on the throttle as the instruction is given, it's just to the right of it, and the Captain's hand moves to release the parking brake which is by his left leg, when the camera changes to look from the Captain's left (after the instruction for takeoff) do they both then advance the throttles.

Corrected entry: There were only three weeks between the night General Radek was captured and the the night of the ceremony to honor President Marshal. Even with the help of agent-turned-traitor Gibbs, three weeks would have been too short an amount of time for the terrorists to get all the information they needed, study the layout of the plane, come prepared with a pilot trained to fly such a plane and kill the actual news crew originally cleared to fly on Air Force One.

Correction: There's no evidence 3 weeks is not enough time. In fact, with the given number of terrorists and urgency to complete their mission, three weeks is plenty of time.


Corrected entry: The tape of the Notre Dame football game is playing in the President's office. However, the screen never once shows the things TV stations put on, like their logo, the score, time, position of the ball, etc.

Correction: That's because in 1997, TV station logos, score, time, etc. weren't typically displayed during game play. You would usually only see that displayed during stoppages, or at a commercial break.

Corrected entry: In the scene when the terrorists burst into the cockpit, after the pilot is shot they hold a gun to the co-pilot and demand him to take off. He reaches over and pulls a lever which causes the plane to veer off the runway. In fact that lever is the speed brake, normally used when landing, which actually causes the plane to slow down, not veer off the runway.


Correction: Immediately after pulling the lever, the co-pilot is shot in the back, causing him to fall forward & to the right, pulling the stick over and no doubt affecting the rudder as well. That's what causes the plane to veer, not the lever he pulled.


Corrected entry: When they attempt to land at Ramstein AB, Germany, the base launches some F-15's, problem is, there are no F-15's stationed at Ramstein.

Correction: Ramstein Air Force Base is a HUGE European stopover for aircraft coming in and out of the area. Even though they don't have facilities for a permanent F-15 squadron doesn't mean they don't come in and out frequently. I live at Robins AFB in Georgia, and we see TONS of choppers come in and out on a regular basis, even though there aren't any stationed here permanently.

Kimberly Mason

Corrected entry: In the shot where the 2 agents are escorting the President down to the escape pod, one of the agents is shot and killed at the stairs, leaving only one agent left. But in the next shot the same agent who was shot is seen escorting the president and shot a second time when he enters the code to the pod.

Correction: Although the Secret Service agent is shot whilst entering to go down the stairs, he is shot only in the shoulder and not actually shot in a vital area. Thus making him able to continue down the stairs to protect the President, until he is shot and killed.

Corrected entry: Jumping out of a plane at 200 knots and immediately opening a parachute of the kind in the movie is probably going to break the sail, yet only clean openings are shown.

Correction: Like you said, it PROBABLY would break a sail. Apparently this time it didnt.

Corrected entry: The Secret Service puts up an utterly pathetic showing. Despite being surprised, numerous armed agents are shown resisting the terrorists. In fact, the Secret Service outnumbers the terrorists by at least a factor of two, and have the advantage of being able to take defensive positions. Despite this, they are wiped out within minutes, and do not so much as wound a single terrorist.

Correction: This is your opinion, not a mistake.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: In the scene where the Russian president is speaking at the banquet there is a shot of the audience and you can see the president's autocue. When Harrison Ford goes to his speech, we switch back to the audience and the autocue screens have disappeared. A few shots later they use the same audience shot as before and the autocues have reappeared.


Correction: The autocue (teleprompter) never moved, but the camera did. The first camera position is behind Ford while the second is at the front of the podium in-line with the autocue.


Corrected entry: As the air to air rescue scene is about to begin, the door to Air Force One is opened by turning the handle and pushing the door into the air stream. Aircraft doors are designed to open inward. When the aircraft is pressurized, the door seal becomes stronger preventing passengers from opening the door in-flight.

Correction: When opening an aircraft door, you first pull the door inward to break the pressure seal and then swing the door outward (or it slides up overhead like a garage door). Go to this link to see a picture of Air Force One with the door opened outwards.

Corrected entry: Xander Berkeley plays a turncoat government agent assisting terrorists attempting to assassinate the President. In 2003, Berkeley married "24" co-star Sarah Clarke, who played a similar character on the show.

Correction: Not really trivia.

Mister Ed

Corrected entry: Towards the end of the film when the President has been told to change course to get out of hostile territory, a man named Bob says 'look above the central control column and you will see a set of LED numbers', the lights shown are not illuminated by LED's (Light Emitting Diodes) but rather a Digital Light Emitting Display Unit, which have now become the standard indicational lights for the heading control panel in all modern aircraft. [Artistic license so the audience wouldn't get confused.]

Correction: Yes a factual error, but most likely a character mistake.

Corrected entry: When the F-15 flies in front of the oncoming missile, this would be an almost impossible maneuver. The planes would be traveling at around 500 knots, and the missile would probably be traveling at around 2000 knots. The timing would have to be precise, not to mention being able to spot the missile, change course, set up the approach, and stop a 40,000 lb fighter on a dime (considering all this would have to happen in approximately 10 seconds or less). Almost every AAM (air to air missile) has a blast fragmentation warhead, so this would still do massive damage to AF1, more so than what occurred in the film, even while having an F-15 in the path of it.

Correction: The missile vector is a simple tail chase. Since they were in full air-air intercept mode, it would be likely the F15s were high supersonic. The Eagle only has to swing up between the MiG and AF1 to snatch the missile. The way it was shown getting hit in the backbone is a bit unrealistic - but an F-15 in full afterburner with maximum surface area angled toward the missile makes a much more visible and inviting target than AF1. And AAM blast warheads are very short range critters.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the special forces guys enter the presidential palace in Kazakstan, they go to turn off the electricity. However, the electricity goes off before they throw the switch.

Correction: The special forces guy pulls two main electric switches. The first switch is hard to see but he pulls the first and some of the lights go out then he pulls the second switch and everything goes out.

Mister Ed

Corrected entry: When the terrorist shoot into the 3 bathroom doors (they think Harrison Ford is in one of them), the bullet holes aren't aligned with the shots in the doors after they open the doors.

Sheryl Ross

Correction: When facing the door, as the terrorist fires, the trajectory of every individual bullet distinctively differs, so when each bullet goes through the door it ends up in a different position on the wall inside.

Super Grover Premium member

Corrected entry: Once Harrison Ford gets his gun, he never reloads. He must fire about 300 rounds from a 30 round clip.

Correction: In reality, Harrison Ford only fires about twenty rounds. Just because you don't see him reload does not mean he doesn't do it. Then during the final shootout, he grabs another gun.

Corrected entry: Air Force One's armory has H&K MP5's which the terrorists hand out. Problem is, the Secret Service only uses UZI's.

Grumpy Scot

Correction: From the official website of the Secret Service: What types of weapons do agents carry? Secret Service agents and officers carry the Sig Sauer P229, 357 caliber pistol. They also are trained on the Remington Model 870 shotgun, the Uzi submachine gun, and the "MP5 automatic weapon".


Corrected entry: In the opening scene, as the assault team is dropping in on the palace, a laser pointer targets the forehead of an enemy sentry. However, when the sentry is neutralized he is shot in the shoulder and the exit wound is in the front, as if shot from behind.

Correction: There are three people shot in this scene. The laser pointer is aimed at the back of the first man's head. He is shot in the the head (back to front). The second man is shot in the right side of his chest. We don't see for sure where the third man is shot.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the President is relaxing with his family, his daughter comes to kiss him goodnight and she is dressed in a nightgown. After the plane is taken over and the hostages have been rounded up, she is fully dressed in jeans, a sweater and a flannel shirt. Later, after she and her mother have been identified by the terrorists, we see alternating scenes with and without the flannel shirt.

Correction: When the President's daughter first comes in to see him, she is actually dressed in a red jacket, a matching red skirt, and a light pink shirt. The next time we see her, she has removed the jacket, but she is still wearing the pink shirt and has a pink blanket over her lap. After a passage of time, she is dressed in the jeans and flannel shirt (which means she probably changed out of her dress clothes into something more comfortable).

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.


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.

ChiChi Premium member

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.

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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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