Meet Ground Force One, the president's $1.1 million armored bus

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The president has no shortage of transit options, from Air Force One and Marine One to Cadillac One. Now meet Ground Force One, the president's armored bus and the most recent addition to the presidential fleet.

We've compiled some of Ground Force One's most impressive features:

Ground Force One is a 45-foot-long bus specially designed by the Secret Service.

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Source: America's Book of Secrets "Presidential Transports"


And just like "Cadillac One," Obama's Ground Force One is painted jet-black.

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Source: America's Book of Secrets "Presidential Transports"


The Secret Service purchased Ground Force One and its twin decoy from the Tennessee-based company Hemphill Brothers Coach for a cool $1.1 million each. But ultimately the buses are cost-effective.

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Source: America's Book of Secrets "Presidential Transports"


Before the purchase of Ground Force One, the Secret Service rented a new bus every time the president needed one and then retrofitted the bus with armor plating and other security features.

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Source: America's Book of Secrets "Presidential Transports,"The New York Times


The bus comes with a suite of security precautions, including run-flat tires, armored exteriors, and heavily reinforced glass.

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Source: America's Book of Secrets "Presidential Transports,"The New York Times


Ground Force One comes with a fire-suppression system, oxygen tanks to provide breathable air in the case of a chemical attack, and an extra supply of the president's blood in case he is injured.

REUTERS/Jason Reed

Source: America's Book of Secrets "Presidential Transports"


In addition to the security features, the bus comes equipped with a full suite of office equipment, including phones, TV, radio, and internet.

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Source: America's Book of Secrets "Presidential Transports"


Just like "Cadillac One," only a select few will ever sit behind the wheel of Ground Force One.

REUTERS/Larry Downing

Source: America's Book of Secrets "Presidential Transports"


Ground Force One allows the president to be transported comfortably and safely through a series of more remote areas, such as Obama's bus campaign through Ohio and Pennsylvania in 2012.

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Source: America's Book of Secrets "Presidential Transports"


Since all the windows except the ones at the front of the bus are heavily tinted, Obama has to stand next to the driver in order to wave at crowds.

White House/Pete Souza

Source: America's Book of Secrets "Presidential Transports,"The New York Times


It's unclear what the interior of Ground Force One looks like, but a White House aide once described a seating area with captain's chairs and a couch.

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Source: The New York Times


The bus also makes transportation logistics easier, as the president can immediately go from Air Force One to Ground Force One.

REUTERS/Jason Reed

Source: America's Book of Secrets "Presidential Transports"


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