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Air Force Airlines: How Top U.S. Officials Fly (VIDEO)

First Posted: 02/ 9/2012 11:58 am Updated: 02/10/2012 4:47 pm

Cramped seating, dubious food, sometimes standoffish flight attendants -- such is the experience typical Americans have come to expect while flying. But, that's not the case if your name is, say, Joe Biden or Hilary Clinton. There's an exclusive airline for that.

That's where the Air Force comes in, with its own fleet of aircraft to get top officials from point A to B in style. There are no economy class seats or plastic cutlery here. Rather, the VPOTUS can get his work done in a professional office, take a nap in a pull-out couch and dine on a restaurant-quality meal -- preparation of which is overseen, of course, by a French-trained, professional chef to the stars.

Oh, and those flight attendants, they're from a special Air Force division and are specifically trained for these transport missions.

[The National Geographic Channel headed inside Air Force One with President Obama back in 2009.]

Watch the video above for an inside look at what it takes to get these VIP guests up in the air, and just how much more fabulous their rides are.

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Tech Sgt. Bret Baker, left, instructs a group of flight attendants in training aboard a 757 or C32 at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. Baker is a military flight attendant, part of a team serving America's top government officials, their staffs, guests and reporters aboard 19 planes flown by the 89th Airlift Wing out of Joint Base Andrews near Washington. Their customers include the president, vice president, first lady, secretary of state, secretary of defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As attendants on Air Force One and other VIP planes flying as many as 1,000 missions a year, they perform all the safety and comfort functions of their commercial airline counterparts and more.(AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
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