Being head of state has its perks. This week, British Prime Minister David Cameron took delivery of a £10 million jet, a refitted and refurbished 158-seat Voyager A330 RAF plane. While we wait for Cameron to embark on his maiden voyage, we take a look inside some of the swankiest official superplanes in the world.

From gold-plated toilet seats and in-house spas, to dining rooms and gyms. And medical operating rooms to armoured bodies that can withstand a nuclear blast. These aircrafts are not only decked out in the latest technological and aviation equipment that money can buy, they come tricked-out with interior designs and comforts that could rival these celebrity cribs. Because when you’re the head of state for one of the most powerful countries in the world; cheap stats about engines, wingspans and cockpits don’t cut it anymore.

Here are 5 superplanes that match the powerful leaders they ferry, both in muscle and power.

5 coolest presidential superplanes


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Imagine putting wings on the White House, pimping it out with tech, and getting it to fly around the world. That’s basically Air Force One, in a nutshell.

The venerable blue and white Boeing 747 VC-25 presidential aircraft that currently ferries President Barack Obama around the US a (and the world) went into service in 1990 during the George H W Bush administration. The three-level presidential aircraft dubbed ‘The Flying Oval’ is over 63 feet long, boasts a fuel capacity of over 53,000 gallons, covers 4,000 square feet of interior floor space, which include a conference room, dining room, private quarters for the president (with a functioning gym), offices for senior staff members, a medical room that can function as an operating room (with a doctor on every flight), press area, two food-preparation galleys that can provide 100 meals, and multifrequency radios for air-to-air and air-to-ground communication.

And we haven’t got to the coolest features yet. Security features on the flying fortress include mirror-ball defence technology in the wings to scramble infrared missile guidance systems, electronic countermeasures to jam enemy radars, armoured windows, plus a body that can withstand a nuclear blast from the ground. Which explains why this monster cost American taxpayers over $180,000 an hour to operate, according to the Pentagon.


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Vladimir Putin

He may claim that is life is comparable to that of a galley slave, but Russian president Vladimir Putin has splashed out over $180 million on lavish private jets despite the country being in economic meltdown. A report published by Nemtsov in 2012 detailed various luxuries enjoyed by the oligarch, including an enormous fleet of 58 aircraft.

In 2015, Putin added two luxurious IL-96 airliners to this fleet. Inside? Wood-panelled luxury interior including leather chairs, king-sized beds (with sheets made from Egyptian cotton), multiple full-service kitchens, gym, conference rooms, five lounges, bathroom and lavatories with gold (yes, real gold) fixtures, walls embellished with priceless paintings and more.

Aside from his ‘Sky Palace’, Putin also has a personal Doomsday escape pod — a special missions variant of the Tupolev Tu-214 commercial transport aircraft — which is equipped with a top-secret flying communication centre. Because whatever America does, Putin can do better.


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Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official jet may pale in comparison to the Air Force One when it comes to aesthetic appeal, but it more than makes up for it with its high-tech gear. The Boeing 747-437 B operated by the Indian Air Force (IAF) is equipped with some pretty sick features like state-of-the-art jamming devices, anti-missile systems, an air-to-air refuelling facility and more.

Since 2003, four Boeing 747-437B have been used as Air India One by the Prime Minister and President of India.


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Angela Merkel

The German chancellor aka the world’s most powerful woman hops onto this $238 million Airbus A340-313 when she needs to fly to the G8 summit.  The Konrad Adenauer can hold up to 143 passengers, and features a VIP cabin (for the Chancellor) and multiple beds for staff. Power and precision meet head-on as this beast has the capability to cruise along non-stop for up to 8,400 miles (thats 13,500 kilometres, in case you’re wondering).

Named after Konrad Adenauer (the first chancellor of West Germany), this black, red and gold beauty helped evacuate Libyan citizens to safety back during the Libyan Civil War in 2011.


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David Cameron

On July 2, two weeks after announcing his resignation, David Cameron took delivery of this spanking new £ 10 million air force jet. Nicknamed ‘Camcorder’, the converted RAF Voyager refuelling aircraft boasts 58 ‘lie-flat’ business seats and 100 standard ones. Officials are tight-slipped on whether its features include beds, showers, and other such luxury amenities world leaders are used to on their travels.