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Does the air force one travel with fighter jets alongside it?

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I was assigned to escort president Eisenhower once. Our instructions were to stay behind AF1 at all times where we couldn't be seen. We were armed, then we always flew fully armed, no big deal. He landed at Andrews and we went home, end of story. read more

Not usually unless absolutely needed. Some circumstances that might require a fighter escort is flying over hostile territory, i.e Syria, Iran, or Iraq. A notable real life case was during 9/11 AF1 was escorted by two F/A 18s to Georgia. read more

Air Force One is not routinely escorted by fighter jets while it is flying. Yes, it is closely monitored by Air Traffic Control and by the US military (through NORAD) during its flight, but it does not routinely receive fighter escort, especially over the continental United States. read more

I just saw at very high altitude a pair of jets, one large and one small. At first I thought I was observing planes at different altitudes, but they were on the same heading, traveling at the same speed, and remained in the same position relative to one another the entire minute or so that they were visible. read more

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