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Brooklyn, NY - Orthodox Jew Creates Exhibit On Presidential Travel With Full Scale Replica Of Air Force One

Published on: January 19, 2016 12:29 PM
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Ari Scharf is seen outside leaning on the wheels of the Replica Of Air Force One. (Shimon Gifter/VINnews.com)Ari Scharf is seen outside leaning on the wheels of the Replica Of Air Force One. (Shimon Gifter/VINnews.com)

Brooklyn, NY - An interactive exhibit featuring a recreation of Air Force One that will be traveling throughout the United States is the brainchild of an Orthodox entrepreneur from Brooklyn who hopes to offer an educational glimpse of presidential travel throughout the years.

Air Force One: The National Exhibition is the brainchild of Ari Scharf.  Scharf said that the idea for the project highlighting history, science and democracy came to him several years ago during a conference on international law and diplomacy featuring former President Bill Clinton.

“There was a small group of us in the room and Clinton mentioned Air Force One,” Scharf told VIN News.  “Guys were asking him what it was like and said they dreamed about seeing it and what the experience would be like.”

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The excitement regarding the presidential plane stayed with Scharf even after the conference had concluded.

“I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great to do something, not just something about Air Force One, but about the presidents on Air Force One,” recalled Scharf. “What it was like when they traveled.  How no matter where they traveled, how nervous they would be about representing the United States. I saw it as a whole story line.”

Imagining a scenario similar to the recreations that are found in Disney World, Scharf began thinking of a way to bring the concepts of Air Force One and presidential travel to life, teaming up with a former Disney imagineer who had developed successful recreations. While Scharf had originally envisioned using a warehouse as the setting for his exhibit, a newspaper article on the aviation industry took him in a completely different direction.

“I was reading about the lives of airplanes and how a few airlines were doing mergers and selling off some of their 747s,” said Scharf.  “I picked up the phone and began making calls.  Why should we do this in a warehouse when we could do it as a full replica in an actual airplane?”

Among the many entities contacted in the evolution of Scharf’s project were both the White House and the Pentagon.

“We needed to make sure we could use the actual presidential seal and we have letters stating that we have their permission,” said Scharf. 

Scharf also joined forces with former US Air Force officers who served Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton on the iconic aircraft.

The plane that is being redesigned Replica Of Air Force One. (Shimon Gifter/VINnews.com)The plane that is being redesigned Replica Of Air Force One. (Shimon Gifter/VINnews.com)

“They came on board to help develop the project,” said Scharf. “We worked with major television networks who had film of Air Force One and the whole thing evolved to become not just about Air Force One today but an entire exhibit on presidential travel.”

Air Force One: The National Exhibition is slated to open this summer in the northeast and the modular recreation will be capable of being broken down, moved by barge to various locations around the country and then reassembled in order to reach an even greater audience.  The recreation, which will occupy upwards of 100,000 square feet and will be able to accommodate millions of visitors annually, will begin with the presidency of George Washington and continue through today.

Scharf said that he has been developing this concept over several years. The project, which will incorporate media, technology, historic artifacts, interactive displays and photo opportunities, will feature personal items and letters from several presidents including Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt,  Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.  The exhibition will also feature an exhibit on the Secret Service and interviews from former members of the elite squad about their experiences protecting the president and the first family.

While the Air Force One replica may be the main attraction of the exhibit, the graceful 747 represents more than just a vehicle to travel from one place to another. The exhibition is part of a larger initiative to teach the younger generation about the values that define our nation as well as the right to vote.

“The story here is about America and democracy,” explained Scharf.  “Air Force One isn’t just an airplane. It is a symbol of democracy all around the world and what better way to teach kids today with the world’s most recognized airplane.”


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 Jan 19, 2016 at 01:43 PM Anonymous Says:

I love the idea, and thought the article was great, until the end, where it said (quote) "The story here is about America and democracy,” explained Scharf. “Air Force One isn’t just an airplane. It is a symbol of democracy all around the world and what better way to teach kids today with the world’s most recognized airplane.”

Really? How about what better way to teach kids the idiocy of marketing hype and how salesmen will cravenly try to push any emotional button to close a deal. Air Force One is much more a sign of extravagant empire than of democracy, and its not a plane, its a rotating fleet of over-the-top expensive aircraft available to more than just the President. Any single plane in that fleet gets designated "Air Force One" only when its assigned to the President. Its a show-off of imperial power, not democratic people power.

A big part of that is that it never travels alone, but with imperial escorts of fighter jets, preceded by advance teams in their own dedicated passenger planes, and similar teams to pack things up after a Presidential visit. And that's not including the journalists and other hangers-on.

It's all about anti-democracy. That said, when can I visit?

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 Jan 19, 2016 at 02:27 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

I love the idea, and thought the article was great, until the end, where it said (quote) "The story here is about America and democracy,” explained Scharf. “Air Force One isn’t just an airplane. It is a symbol of democracy all around the world and what better way to teach kids today with the world’s most recognized airplane.”

Really? How about what better way to teach kids the idiocy of marketing hype and how salesmen will cravenly try to push any emotional button to close a deal. Air Force One is much more a sign of extravagant empire than of democracy, and its not a plane, its a rotating fleet of over-the-top expensive aircraft available to more than just the President. Any single plane in that fleet gets designated "Air Force One" only when its assigned to the President. Its a show-off of imperial power, not democratic people power.

A big part of that is that it never travels alone, but with imperial escorts of fighter jets, preceded by advance teams in their own dedicated passenger planes, and similar teams to pack things up after a Presidential visit. And that's not including the journalists and other hangers-on.

It's all about anti-democracy. That said, when can I visit?

Don't they also always need to send cargo planes for the Presidential limousine and the other special vehicles in the President's convoy from the airport?

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 Jan 19, 2016 at 02:45 PM amerikaner Says:

he should also jot down all the miles and TAXPAYERS MONEY spent by Obama's traveling all over the world for his enjoyment instead of leading America .

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 Jan 19, 2016 at 03:29 PM Proud Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

I love the idea, and thought the article was great, until the end, where it said (quote) "The story here is about America and democracy,” explained Scharf. “Air Force One isn’t just an airplane. It is a symbol of democracy all around the world and what better way to teach kids today with the world’s most recognized airplane.”

Really? How about what better way to teach kids the idiocy of marketing hype and how salesmen will cravenly try to push any emotional button to close a deal. Air Force One is much more a sign of extravagant empire than of democracy, and its not a plane, its a rotating fleet of over-the-top expensive aircraft available to more than just the President. Any single plane in that fleet gets designated "Air Force One" only when its assigned to the President. Its a show-off of imperial power, not democratic people power.

A big part of that is that it never travels alone, but with imperial escorts of fighter jets, preceded by advance teams in their own dedicated passenger planes, and similar teams to pack things up after a Presidential visit. And that's not including the journalists and other hangers-on.

It's all about anti-democracy. That said, when can I visit?

I think someone spicked your coffee this morning.

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 Jan 19, 2016 at 04:02 PM Lower_East_Sider Says:

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amerikaner Says:

he should also jot down all the miles and TAXPAYERS MONEY spent by Obama's traveling all over the world for his enjoyment instead of leading America .

Those that approve of the president feel that he was travelling on a well deserved vacation.Those that don't approve of the president would rather spend the money on him traveling around the world on vacation instead of doing his job.

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 Jan 19, 2016 at 04:21 PM Mark Levin Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I love the idea, and thought the article was great, until the end, where it said (quote) "The story here is about America and democracy,” explained Scharf. “Air Force One isn’t just an airplane. It is a symbol of democracy all around the world and what better way to teach kids today with the world’s most recognized airplane.”

Really? How about what better way to teach kids the idiocy of marketing hype and how salesmen will cravenly try to push any emotional button to close a deal. Air Force One is much more a sign of extravagant empire than of democracy, and its not a plane, its a rotating fleet of over-the-top expensive aircraft available to more than just the President. Any single plane in that fleet gets designated "Air Force One" only when its assigned to the President. Its a show-off of imperial power, not democratic people power.

A big part of that is that it never travels alone, but with imperial escorts of fighter jets, preceded by advance teams in their own dedicated passenger planes, and similar teams to pack things up after a Presidential visit. And that's not including the journalists and other hangers-on.

It's all about anti-democracy. That said, when can I visit?

Feel free to move to Moscow. I'm sure Putin will be happy to have you on his staff.

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 Jan 19, 2016 at 04:46 PM spelling teacher Says:

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Proud Says:

I think someone spicked your coffee this morning.

Maybe spiked...

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 Jan 19, 2016 at 07:24 PM Matt Says:

Great idea!! I like it. Hatzlocha.

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 Jan 19, 2016 at 10:15 PM Shortcut Says:

How about Mr. Scharf replicating the famous Entebbe plane. That plane represents courage and freedom.

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 Jan 20, 2016 at 12:39 AM fachmuret Says:

So many stupid comments. Why does everyone have to fight over everything?
if you have something stupid to say how about you get your own damn plane and lets see the article make it to this news site.

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 Jan 20, 2016 at 01:39 AM Anonymous Says:

Better if he would offer actual flights to passengers on this 747

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