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The battle of the jets: Putin's lavish plane interior - including gold-plated toilet - is revealed... so how does it compare to Air Force One?

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 17/07/2018 Ted Thornhill

© AP From a gold-plated toilet to a king sized bed and even a gym, these astonishing pictures show the lavish interior of one of Vladimir Putin 's private jets.

The Russian president's aircraft touched down in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, yesterday ahead of his historic meeting with Donald Trump, who also boasts his own private jet - Air Force One.

Here we take a look inside both jets to see how they compare...

President Putin's private jetliner

a stainless steel sink: Most of the interior on board the plane is finished in gold trim, including the toilet and sink in the bathroom

Most of the interior on board the plane is finished in gold trim, including the toilet and sink in the bathroom
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Putin will have travelled from the Kremlin to Helsinki to the summit with Donald Trump in style on board one of his £390million IL-96-300PU planes. 

The aircraft is a wide-bodied, long-haul airliner that is easily distinguishable from the passenger model by its extended fuselage.

While the exterior of the aircraft looks largely the same as the basic model, the cabin is lavishly decorated with tapestries and gold accents.

The furniture and interior décor are finished in the neoclassical style and the planes are equipped with a spacious office and a huge conference table with a gold trim that is surrounded by cream leather seats.

a bedroom with a bed and desk in a room: The furniture and interior décor are finished in the neoclassical style, and the planes are equipped with a spacious office © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The furniture and interior décor are finished in the neoclassical style, and the planes are equipped with a spacious office a chair in a room: The Russian government has installed an advanced communication system on board that allows the aircraft to act as a management centre © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Russian government has installed an advanced communication system on board that allows the aircraft to act as a management centre

The aircraft was constructed by Voronezh's airline company and has a special coating that makes it less visible to radar.

The Russian government has also installed an advanced communication system on board that allows the aircraft to act as a management centre capable of carrying out the prompt commandment of troops in case of unexpected conflict.

Putin has four identical private jets and they are all readied for departure as soon as knowledge of an international flight is public, with three acting as decoys.

a close up of a box: The galley kitchen on board the presidential plane, which comes fully stocked with everything need to prep meals and snacks

The galley kitchen on board the presidential plane, which comes fully stocked with everything need to prep meals and snacks
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The specific plane to be used by Putin is not known until take-off.

After the choice is made, either one or all three of the remaining planes follow the president as back-up.

And he can call upon 68 fighter jets from the special Russian Aerospace Forces to repel attacks. 

Photographs of the interiors were leaked onto the internet several years ago and caused outrage among Russian citizens.

A blogger calling himself Kungurov who first published the pictures after getting hold of them from a contact in Russia's Ministry of Defence fumed: 'Our self-proclaimed Tsar has decided to give himself a gift on his 15th anniversary of assuming the crown by whipping his slaves into paying for two luxurious IL-96 airliners for him.'

a screenshot of a map: An infographic showing the dimensions of the aircraft as well as how it is designed as well as its top speed © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited An infographic showing the dimensions of the aircraft as well as how it is designed as well as its top speed Click here for a larger version of this infographic

a man sitting in a room: Putin relaxes on one of his planes in December 2017 as he travels to the Hmeymim air base in Syria

Putin relaxes on one of his planes in December 2017 as he travels to the Hmeymim air base in Syria
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President Trump's jet - the private airliner of the US president 

Air Force One is the name of any United States Air Force aircraft carrying the president of the US at any time.

And Donald Trump relies primarily on two identical customised planes, both heavily modified Boeing 747-200B models.

Trump has substantial living space on board. With a cabin area of nearly 4,000-sq-ft, it includes a bedroom, bathroom, gym and offices.

a group of people sitting on a tarmac at an airport: Air Force One, the presidential plane arrives at Prestwick Airport in Scotland carrying President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania

Air Force One, the presidential plane arrives at Prestwick Airport in Scotland carrying President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania
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Vlad Force One vs Trump Force One - tale of the tapes

Mr Putin's private jet:

Wingspan - 65 metres

Length - 65 metres

Value - $500,000,000

Service ceiling - 12,000 metres (39,000ft)

Max speed - 900 knots (1,035mph)

Security - 68 fighters, jamming, disorientating radars and anti-aircraft defence system, three decoys

Interior features - gym, conference room, luxury bathroom, king-size bed 

 Trump's private jet:

 Length - 70 metres (231ft)

Wingspan - 59 metres (195ft)

Max speed - 630mph

Service ceiling - 45,100ft

Security - electronic countermeasures, radar jamming, flares

Interior features - presidential office and suite, on-board hospital, sound-proof conference and dining room, kitchen, business class-style seats for reporters  

One of the most important areas of the jet is the president's Situation Room.

It was in this room where President George W. Bush held crisis talks on 9/11 when Air Force One was ordered to scramble him to safety after fears it would come under attack.

Opposite the President’s chair, at the other end of the room, is a giant TV screen that can beam him live into the White House Situation Room or be used to address the American people.

Under the TV are three digital clocks. They permanently display the same three times – Washington DC, local time and time in the next destination. 

a close up of text on a white background: An infographic showing how Air Force One is set up and the different sections that are on board the jet © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited An infographic showing how Air Force One is set up and the different sections that are on board the jet

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a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: The mirror balls built into the wings are able to deflect infra-red missile systems, should the unthinkable happen © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The mirror balls built into the wings are able to deflect infra-red missile systems, should the unthinkable happen

An on-board kitchen and chef ensure the President can eat whatever he wants, at any time of day or night, all delivered perfectly cooked and piping hot.

And when DailyMail.com editor-at-large Piers Morgan recently boarded Air Force One to interview President Trump, he also discovered the plane has a selection of sweet treats on offer including Hershey’s Kisses chocolates and specially designed boxes of presidential M&Ms complete with Donald Trump’s signature on the back.

Air Force One has a number of secure communication channels and security systems to protect from standard attacks, as well as any unusual occurrences such as targeted electromagnetic impulses.

And, according to Business Insider, there are also mirror ball missile deflectors embedded in the wings of the plane should the aircraft come under attack. 

a group of people sitting at a table: Former US president Barack Obama on board Air Force One stands around talking to staff in one area of the presidential plane

Former US president Barack Obama on board Air Force One stands around talking to staff in one area of the presidential plane
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The aircraft is also equipped with a medical suite that acts as a fully functional operating room. 

There is a separate area for the accompanying news reporters. Altogether, the presidential aircraft is capable of comfortably accommodating 70 passengers and 26 members of the crew.

The width of the fuselage is 6.5 metres while its wingspan in 65 metres. It is over 70 metres long and has a maximum speed of over 1,000 km per hour. 

Capable of refuelling midair - as seen in the Harrison Ford film, Air Force One - the Boeing 747-200B aircraft have unlimited range and don't need to land for days at a time.  

a man standing in front of a boat: Following the assassination of John F. Kennedy (pictured), Lyndon Johnson took the oath of office on board Air Force One © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Following the assassination of John F. Kennedy (pictured), Lyndon Johnson took the oath of office on board Air Force One

The president's plane has long been a symbol of American power and the setting for historic moments, including the sombre 1963 ceremony when Lyndon Johnson took the oath of office on board - hours after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. 

The US military had previously chose a Boeing model to replace its current fleet of Air Force One presidential aircraft.

The Pentagon had considered upgrading Air Force One with the A380 made by European aerospace giant Airbus, but opted for home-grown talent.

NOW SEE: Why Putin may well be the wealthiest person on the planet - by far (Business Insider)

 

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