The U.S. Secret Service purchased the Obama bus from Whites Creek, Tenn.-based Hemphill Brothers Coach Co. so the president could safely travel the country in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election; the agency told several media outlets.
Here are the special features of the bus
i. Ground Force One is a 45-foot long bus specially designed by the Secret Service.
ii. And just like “Cadillac One,” Obama’s Ground Force One is painted jet black.
iii. 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.
iv. The bus comes with a suite of security precautions, including run-flat tires, armored exteriors, and heavily reinforced glass.
v. 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.
the United States in a shiny new, state-of-art armored bus in August 2011 as he began his campaign for re-election. The bus is estimated to have cost him $1.1 Million (Ksh 1.1 billion)