Air Force One Cost at $181,757 per hour, as Obama Sets Travel Record

November 24, 2010

The average American could buy a house for the amount of money it takes to run Air Force One every hour.

The U.S. military has provided an updated estimate on that cost, first published by a taxpayer watchdog group and confirmed by, and the number is staggering — $181,757 per hour. That’s the price tag for shuttling around President Obama, who, as it turns out, has spent more days abroad in his first two years than any other president.

But the trip to India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan was by no means cheap. While a total by-the-day figure may be impossible to come by, Brady estimated that the 48 hours of flight time logged on the trip would cost at least $8.7 million for Air Force One alone. The president’s latest visit to Lisbon, Portugal, for a NATO conference would add another $2.7 million, he figured.
By Brady’s accounting, Obama has now logged 55 days overseas, surpassing former President George H.W. Bush’s record of 54 days during his first two years. In total, Obama has visited 26 countries — some of them more than once — over the course of 15 trips. 

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