As we take a moment to honor the great leaders of our nation this Presidents Day, here are some interesting facts about the current presidential state car. Known as “The Beast,” this limousine is a new Cadillac-based model that was inducted into the Secret Service fleet in 2018.
It is a one-of-a-kind vehicle design.
The Beast has a custom-built medium-duty truck frame design. This heavily armored vehicle has security features that include 5-inch-thick glass, 8-inch-thick doors — which weigh as much as a commercial aircraft door — a titanium-ceramic body and a bomb-proof plate covering the underside.
It contains vehicle and personal security features.
The Beast is equipped with vehicle and presidential security features for any situation. These include run-flat tires, night vision gear, satellite phones and even nuclear codes. It can also fire gas canisters from the front bumpers.
The Beast also has its own oxygen supply, a stock of the president’s blood type, along with a defibrillator and other emergency gear.
It has its own plane.
The Beast accompanies the president wherever he needs. So, it is equipped with its own airplane, a C-17 Globemaster Cargo, which follows the president and his fleet to any and every destination.
A mechanic travels with The Beast at all times.
Safety and security in every scenario are a priority for the presidential brigade, including the vehicle’s proper function. This is why a mechanic, who is also a federal agent, travels with the fleet at all times. This mechanic carries a range of diagnostic equipment and tools in case of an emergency.
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