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How Do Past Presidents Fly?

After a President passes on Air Force One to his succeeding administration, do you ever wonder how a family fresh out of the Oval Office accomplishes their air travel? Just in time for President’s Day, we wanted to know!

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From Jimmy Carter, who actually flew commercial to Trump’s inauguration, to George H.W. Bush who has paid $20,000 for a private jet flight, JetSmarter jet booking app has rounded up air travel tidbits of some of our former leaders, now that their White House days are over.

Barack Obama

President Obama basically has two options – he can either fly commercial, or could be transported by government aircraft. On special occasions, he could travel onboard the Presidential aircraft.

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Jimmy Carter

The only president to fly commercial was Jimmy Carter and his wife Roslyn, from Atlanta to Washington, D.C. for President Trump’s inauguration. He chose to greet and shake every passenger’s hand on the plane. He made his way down each row with his familiar grin and was trailed by an attentive Secret Service agent. People were overjoyed and screaming “We love you Carter!”

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George H.W. Bush

Before he was a president, he was a pilot. At the age of 18, Bush was at the time, the youngest pilot in the Navy. Nothing can compare to flying torpedo bombers off USS San Jacinto in 1943.  Bush has a love for flying and, for now, will enjoy a calmer trip on a private jet.

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Bill Clinton

Bill and former First Lady Hillary Clinton have flown with the public while still keeping it totally private. Thanks to strict security concerns, the Clintons are insulated from the public from the moment they arrive at one airport to the time they leave the second one. And even when trapped in a metal tube in the sky with fellow passengers, there are few opportunities for public interaction.

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About JetSmarter

JetSmarter is the world’s largest private aviation community.  We use data science, advanced mobile technology, and a members-only approach to connect leaders in business, sports, entertainment, and culture with socially-powered travel experiences.  Members can create flights on their own time, or find seats on flights created by fellow members.  And they can do it all in minutes, right from our app.  JetSmarter offers a wide ranges of flight services created to suit nearly every type of traveler so the world can experience aviation as it was meant to be.  JetSmarter does not own or operate any aircraft.  All flights are performed by FAA-licensed and DOT-registered air carriers.  More information is available at








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Courtney Drake-McDonough

Courtney Drake-McDonough, RFT's Publisher and Managing Editor, is an award-winning writer, editor and photographer based in Colorado. She is passionate about the food world and loves to write about all aspects of it. She is also a social media marketing specialist and is the editor of two blogs,, covering restaurants, theater, movies and travel, and,a travel site helping people with different interests enjoy the same trip, together.

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