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Being a president, or any head of state, has its perks. Aside from leading a country, one enjoys great trappings of power, having your own security, and also getting to have your own private cars & airplane. The best part of all is that, it would be paid for by the State for official out of town businesses. Here are some of the world’s most expensive cars & airplanes used by heads of states all over the world.
AMERICA

USA
Official Car-Cadillac One
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This state car is used by the President of the United States of America. This custom-built heavily armored limousine is often referred to as Cadillac One. “The Beast” is its other nickname.

The beast has its own airplane. The Secret Service makes use of a C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft to haul The Beast, a second limo and a heavily armored Chevrolet Suburban communications vehicle, any time the President is traveling. The Suburban is nicknamed Roadrunner and it is said to be a rolling communications office directly linked to a military satellite – hence the SATCOM dome festooned to its roof.

There is probably not a better-armored vehicle with windows on the planet than The Beast. Its armor plating is said to be 8 inches thick and its doors weigh as much as those on a Boeing 757 aircraft. Five-inch thick bulletproof windows contain at least five layers to put a damper on any effort by subversives. And those gigantic, nearly bus-size Goodyear tires are Kevlar-reinforced run-flats capable of keeping The Beast on the road for quite some distance if needed. The interior is sealed off from the outside world to reduce risks of a chemical attack, while a special foam surrounds the fuel tank to insulate it in the event of an impact.

The Beast is also exceedingly well-equipped, with everything from firefighting equipment and oxygen tanks to a cache of the president’s blood type. There are tear gas canisters, shotguns and, supposedly, grenade launchers, integrated into The Beast.

However, not everything about it is impressive. Burdened with lugging a rumored 20,000 lbs. worth of Beast around, the diesel engine isn’t a rocket. Hitting 60 mph from a complete stop takes about 15 seconds, which is more than just about any new car we can think of, and the big car’s top speed is said to max out at 60 mph. In addition, all that weight makes it a guzzler, sipping fuel at a rate of 8 mpg.
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Air Force One, carrying U.S. President Barack Obama, prepares to land at Dublin
The United States’ Air Force One is one of the world’s most popular presidential aircraft in the world. However, the tech specifications go beyond its famous name, as there’s a beast hidden under the famous blue and white exterior. The Boeing VC-25 alone costs $325 million, and there are only two units built specially for the Air Force One. It includes “The White House”, which is at the front of the aircraft. It includes an executive suite with sleeping quarters, a lavatory, a shower, couches that can be made into beds, and a double sink. It is nicknamed “The Oval Office aboard Air Force One” Costing £116,000 per hour to keep the ultimate in presidential privileges in the air, the plane’s interior resembles a luxury – if predominantly beige − hotel, boasting 87 phones, 19 TVs and a gym, among other facilities.

Though the details of the plane’s defense capabilities are shrouded in secrecy, Air Force One is a military aircraft with the ability to function as a de facto bunker in the event of a nuclear attack and releases flares capable diverting heat-seeking airborne missiles should the plane ever come under attack while flying. The plane also has a special electronic defense system that can jam enemy radar. The plane is also equipped with an escape capsule to allow the president to escape when the craft is exposed to extreme conditions. The president  remains encapsulated and protected until such time as the external environment is suitable for direct exposure or the capsule reaches the ground. The plane is also at times escorted by jet fighters when the president is traveling outside the United States.

The four engine plane has the capability to cruise almost at supersonic speed, reaching speeds of over 600 miles per hour. It can also be refueled inflight eliminating the need to land.

The Air Force plans to procure the Boeing 747-8 to be the next version of Air Force One as the VC-25As have become less cost-effective to operate.

The US president has another plane christened ‘dooms day plane.’ actually four of them. But the US government does not talk openly about its doomsday planes. The doomsday plane is like a mirror to Air Force One — a great big flying working office for the president and his or her staff.
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But while Air Force One is your everyday, garden variety kind of presidential flying office, the doomsday plane is built and equipped to keep the US government running in the event of a nuclear war or other disaster. It can withstand nuclear blasts and asteroids, can stay in the air for days without refueling and has the capacity to run the country or even a global war, the President’s ‘doomsday’ plane is a steal at just over $220million. In fact, the doomsday plane can remain aloft for a week with mid air-refueling. The only reason it can’t fly longer is because the engine can only be lubricated on the ground.

The doomsday plane, a converted 747, was commissioned by Ronald Reagan in the 1980s in the dying days of the Cold War when tensions were exceptionally high and the fear of nuclear war felt genuine and frightening. It was last airborne in a crisis during the 911 terror attacks. Referred to as the “National Airborne Operations Center” when it’s called into action, it can reach speeds up to 620 miles per hour, 40 miles per hour faster than their commercial counterparts. But if you think the US State officials feel invisible with all this level of security think again. Few recall how former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and crew had to scamper for safety after being attacked by a swarm of bees in Malawi.

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Marine One is the call sign of any United States Marine Corps aircraft carrying the President of the United States. Marine one is the most technologically advanced helicopter available. It’a fully armored with a bathroom, executive suite, and galley. With a dual-engine it can travel 600 miles before refueling with speed as high as 180 miles an hour, reaching a height of 14,400 ft. Dual engine ensures that the president remains safe in case one fail. It also has vibration and sound dampeners, energy absorbant landing gear as well as crash resistant fuel tank. It also has amphibious capabilities i.e. able to rest and take off from both land and water.

Currently they US navy is developing a more advanced helicopter, which are due in 2023, that can carry 14 passengers, be able to carry several thousand pounds of baggage and gear, and have a greater range. The helicopter’s defensive capabilities will include a radar jamming and deception system to ward off anti-aircraft missiles, and hardening of key electronics against nuclear electromagnetic pulse. It also was to include an encrypted telecommunications system and videoconferencing complete with command and control capabilities.

The US president has a number of egregiously expensive air transport options—such as the MV-22 Osprey—to choose from. The 18wsl2rsbt7i8jpgonly problem with the MV-22 is that he’s not actually allowed to ride in it since it’s not safe enough. Osprey measures 54 feet long with a 45-foot wingspan. On each wingtip sits an 38-foot diameter, 3-blade composite rotor attached to a rotating nacelle that can swivel up to 90 degrees. A pair of 6,150 HP Rolls-Royce Allison turboshafts provide the thrust. This allows the powered lift aircraft to take off and land like a conventional helicopter when the nacelles are vertical, then convert into a more fuel-efficient turboprop plane once it’s in the air by rotating the nacelles forward. It can also perform a hybrid rolling takeoff with the rotors at a 45-degree angle.

Brazil
Official Car
The ceremonial state car of the President of Brazil is a 1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, reserved exclusively for Independence Day commemorations, state visits and the presidential inauguration. The current official state car used by the president for regular transportation is a 2011-model armored version of the Ford Fusion Hybrid.
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The main aircraft for the Brazilian president is a modified Airbus A319. The Airbus alone costs around $81 million. It has the code VC-1A, and is officially named as the Santos-Dumont.

The plane is divided into three parts. The first one is solely for the president, including an office, a meeting room, a security room and the security suite. The second has 20 seats for VIPs, and the third has seats for other passengers, such as media people or journalists.

The plane has simple interiors, with wooden tables and leather seats. It also has an enclosed shower, marble lavatories, and a fully-functioning office where the Brazilian president can confidentially converse with his advisors, whether they are with him on board or they are on land.

Mexico
Official car

The President and First Lady of Mexico both possess a fleet of 15 to 30 armoured Chevrolet Suburban and Cadillac Escalade managed by the Estado Mayor Presidencial.
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As of 31 August 2011, the air fleet of the President of Mexico had a total of 18 aircraft. In 2012, the Mexican government announced the acquisition through a 15-year lease of a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, which will be operated by the Mexican air force, will the most expensive plane in the world, at a price tag of 7.5 billion pesos or about six hundred million dollars.
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The Dreamliner is state-of-the-art, and stock full of luxuries such as the cleanest air filtration system, a presidential office, and accommodations for guests and journalists with capacity for a total of 250 passengers. Rooms are reportedly equivalent to the best five star hotels, a characteristic that most presidential planes cannot boast, even when compared to the most developed nations.

If we put the future Mexican executive plane side by side with the U.S.’s Air Force One, there is little comparison. The Dreamliner can travel close to ten thousand miles without refueling versus the Air Force One that must refuel at around the 8,000 mile mark. The Dreamliner is more expensive than the Air Force One, which was purchased in 1990 at a cost of 250 million dollars (even adjusting for inflation), it is still less than the new Dreamliner.

The Dreamliner will feature larger windows and automatic curtains, in addition to the five star quality private rooms. The plane is said to have the security level of a bunker, but not much else is known.

Canada
Official Car
The Canadian monarch and Governor General of Canada are driven in a Lincoln Town Car or a Lincoln MKS bearing the flag of either office on the right hand fender. The sovereign’s car bears a licence plate showing a gold St. Edward’s Crown on a red field, while the governor general’s car bears a plate with the crest of the Royal Arms of Canada (similar to the Flag of the Governor General of Canada) or standard auto plates of the province of Ontario with flags of the governor general on the front hood. The governor general also has a Cadillac DTS stretch limousine at his/her disposal.
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The CC-150 Polaris is used to transport high-ranking government officials and foreign dignitaries, including the Prime Minister, the Governor General and members of the Royal Family across Canada and around the world. The CC-150 Polaris (Airbus A-310) is a multi-purpose, twin-engine, long-range jet aircraft that can be converted for passenger, freight or medical transport and air-to-air refueling (or any combination of these configurations). The Polaris can reach a speed of up to 1029 km/h carrying a load of up to 32,000 kilograms.

Uruguay
On the other extreme end, Uruguay president has defied to follow the precedent set by leaders world over. President Jose Mujica has forsworn a state palace in favor of a farmhouse, donates the vast bulk of his salary to social projects, flies economy class and drives an old Volkswagen Beetle. Asked how he feels when referred to as the poorest president in the world he said, “I’m not the poorest president. The poorest is the one who needs a lot to live,” In fact, he declined an Arab sheik $1 million offer for his sky blue 1987 Beetle.
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The president is a former member of the Tupamaros guerrilla group, which was notorious in the early 1970s for bank robberies, kidnappings and distributing stolen food and money among the poor. He was shot by police six times and spent 14 years in a military prison, much of it in dungeon-like conditions.
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Since becoming leader of Uruguay in 2010, however, he has won plaudits worldwide for living within his means, decrying excessive consumption and pushing ahead with policies on same-sex marriage, abortion and cannabis legalisation that have reaffirmed Uruguay as the most socially liberal country in Latin America. The humble president even queues as he waits for his turn in public hospitals.

ASIA

RUSSIA
Official Car
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The President of Russia is usually seen in an armored Mercedes S-Class stretched limousine. The limousine is bulletproof, has solid rubber tires, and carries an array of communications equipment. On state visits, it is airlifted to the destination using an Il-76.
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As Russia is the largest country on Earth by land area, distances within Russia can be very long, and air travel is frequently needed for the President to travel across the country as well as internationally.

The main presidential aircraft is the four-engined, long-range, widebody Ilyushin Il-96-300PU, a highly modified Il-96, with the two last letters standing for “Command Point” in Russian. The Russian presidential aircraft is perhaps not the most expensive, but it certainly is not cheap, as well. The Ilyushin IL-96-300 aircraft itself is priced at $40 million, at least. However, this amount still excludes the amount of the interior fittings for the luxurious aircraft. It is highly-customized, with state-of-the-art communications systems, safety features and luxurious interiors.

India
Official Car- Mercedes Benz S600 (W221) Pullman Guard
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This state car is used by the President of India. This black car is a heavily armored custom-built stretch limousine. It meets the requirements of the highest protection class VR6/VR7.
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Air India One (AIC001) is the call-sign of any aircraft with the Prime Minister of India, President of India or the Vice President of India on board. Since 2003, four Boeing 747-437B, equipped with jamming equipment, anti-missile systems and air-to-air refueling facility, have been used as Air India One. The aircraft are operated by the Indian Air Force (IAF)

China
Official Car-Hongqi Limousine
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Chinese leaders have been using Hongqi limousines for years. The HQE is powered by an independently researched and developed aluminum V12 cylinder engine of Chinese design with a displacement of 6.0 liters.
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Air transportation for the President, Premier or government officials of China is managed and operated by the 34th division of People’s Liberation Army Air Force. Eight Boeing 737-300s and two 737-700s are used for these missions.

Japan 
Official Car-Toyota Century Royal
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The Emperor and the Empress of Japan use Toyota Century Royal, a one-off $500,000 custom car. This bulletproof car is 20 feet (6.2 meter) long and 6.5 feet (2 meters) wide, with extra amenities such as bulletproofing and a granite entryway.

The Prime Minister of Japan travels in a Lexus LS 600h L, the official transport for the head of government, or an unmodified Toyota Century escorted by a police motorcade of numerous Toyota Celsiors.
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Japan maintains two Boeing 747-400 aircraft mostly for the Prime Minister, the Emperor, Empress and other members of the Imperial Family, operated by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. The aircraft were constructed at the Boeing factory at the same time as the U.S. Air Force One VC-25s, though the U.S. aircraft were built to the 747-200 design, while the Japanese aircraft were built to the more contemporary 747-400 design. The 747s will be replaced by new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in fiscal year 2019.

Saudi Arabia
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Being the King and the Head of State of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, current King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia may have inherited his predecessor’s Boeing 747. The former King Fahd purchased the $228 million Boeing 747 jet for his personal use. The said aircraft was reported to have a fountain equipped on board, as well as around $150 million worth of interior fittings.

However, Saudi Arabia is known to have luxurious aircrafts fit for princes and kings. In 2007, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bought an Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger plane, for his own use. Customized fittings cost around $200 million, making this grand ‘flying palace’ aircraft’s cost to over $520 million dollars.

The interior fittings include a parking space for his Rolls Royce, a concert hall with a grand piano, a marble-tiled steam room, five master bedrooms with king-sized beds, private bathrooms and showers, 20 smaller private rooms, and even a private elevator, which connects the master bedroom to the tarmac.

EUROPE

UK
Royal Family Car– Bentley State Limousine
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The members of the British royal family have used bespoke limousines for years. On state occasions, Queen Elizabeth II usually travels in one of the two armored Bentley state limousines. Exclusive features of the this maroon car include the transparent passenger rooftop, special monocoque chassis construction, special internal cabin height allowing the queen to stand upright while exiting the vehicle, and also the hind doors which open at an angle of 90 degrees, which makes it easier for Her Majesty to face the crowds directly without hindrance, and not to forget, the one and only model to be created.
Prime Minister’s Car – Jaguar XJ Sentinel
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The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom uses one of a fleet of armored Jaguar XJ Sentinel models, escorted by Range Rover or Land Rover Discovery vehicles and police motorcade outriders.
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The UK is the only G20 nation not to have a dedicated long range Head of State/Government aircraft like France’s A330 or Germany’s two A340s. Chartering airliners (typically British Airways or Virgin Atlantic) and use of scheduled commercial services is commonly practiced owing to the lack of passenger capacity and a lack of transcontinental capability in the RAF’s VIP aircraft fleet.
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Air transport for the British monarch, other members of Royal Family, the Prime Minister and other ministers of the British Government is currently provided by No. 32 (The Royal) Squadron of the Royal Air Force (RAF); chartered civilian aircraft, and scheduled commercial flights.

Italy

Official Car-Lancia Thesis
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The current President of Italy uses two identical armored Lancia Thesis, with a third unarmored car kept as backup. A Lancia Thesis Stola S85 limousine and three Maserati Quattroporte are used to serve visiting heads of state.
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Italy uses three Airbus Corporate Jets for use of the head of state, and the two others for other government officials. One of them is specifically designed for the Prime Minister or the President. Such jets cost around $200 to $220 million.

Germany 
Official car-Mercedes-Benz S600L
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German presidents, chancellors and senior politicians have used Mercedes-Benz S-Class cars for years. The current Chancellor of Germany uses an armored Mercedes-Benz S600L.
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Germany uses two Airbus A340-313X VIP aircraft, previously of Germany’s Lufthansa, redesigned by Lufthansa Technik in a VIP configuration, including sleeping rooms and an anti-missile system. The airplanes are named after Konrad Adenauer, the first chancellor of (West) Germany, and Theodor Heuss, its first President. It is capable of flying 13,500 km (8,400 mi) non-stop, with the capability of transporting 143 passengers.

France
Official Car
The President of France can choose between several armoured versions of high-end French cars including the Citroën C6, Renault Vel Satis and Peugeot 607. These are traditionally provided by the manufacturers and different Presidents will have their own preference.
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The Airbus A330-200 is a longer-range variant of the Airbus. The aircraft itself is priced at $200.8 million. In 2010, the French government acquired the aircraft for around $240 million, which includes the refitting of the plane to ensure the French president’s safety and comfort.

The plane has been converted to a conference room, with around 60 VIP seats. It also has a presidential suite, complete with a shower. Likewise, his traveling party would be able to surf the Internet at 10,000 meters above. It also has a missile decoy system, and an encrypted communications system to allow private communication between the president and his advisors.

AFRICA

Kenya – Mercedes-Benz Pullman S600
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The President of the Republic of Kenya uses an armored Mercedes-Benz Pullman S600. This state car has the Kenyan coat of arms instead of the regular license plate. He also has a large fleet of vehicles including an armoured BMW 7 series, armoured Range Rover Vogue, armoured Toyota Landcruiser, RCV Survivor One (a reconnaissance and command vehicle), and several other Mercedes-Benz’s at his disposal.

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Kenya’s president has a Fokker 70 for use as the presidential jet.
Fokker executive plane was purchased at a cost of $50 million. The 70-seater jet was reconfigured into a 28-seater, with three suites, bathroom and kitchen. It is equipped with the latest telecommunication facilities. Christened Harambee One, the Forker has a cruising speed of 845km/h.

Morocco 
Official Car-Mercedes 600 Pullman
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The King of Morocco uses Mercedes 600 Pullman while traveling in Morocco. The royal fleet also includes Mercedes-Benz S500, Range Rover Models and various Lexus models.
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The King of Morocco knows vividly what it means to fly luxuriously. He flies in a super-luxurious Boeing 747 which costs about $450 million. The plane has two decks – the main deck and the upper deck. The main deck has meeting rooms, a private cinema hall and a spacious play area. The upper deck has pool tables and five private sleeping berths. This is probably the best Presidential jet in Africa.

South Africa
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The President of South Africa is driven in an armored BMW 7 Series or on occasion a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The presidential motorcade is composed of numerous BMW X5, Jeep Grand Cherokee, BMW 3 series and Mercedes-Benz ML-Class models, followed by a number of Mercedes-Benz V-Class and police cars.

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The President of South Africa travels in a Boeing 737 (BBJ) operated by the South African Air Force’s 21 Squadron, which is based at AFB Waterkloof near Pretoria; the executive capital, i.e. the seat of the executive branch of the South African government. The airforce is currently said to be buying a customised Boeing 777 plane seats 300 people at cost $150m to buy and an additional $80m to be adapted to their specifications.

Nigeria
Official Car
The President of Nigeria and other high profile government officials use a black armored Mercedes Benz S-Class 2012 adorned with the Nigerian flag and official party flag. Other luxury cars, like the BMW 730Ld and the Range Rover, all armoured, are used. The President travels in a motorcade of 30 cars and ten escort motorcycles, along with police cars and 6 Mercedes S-550 of SSS surrounding the presidents car
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The Nigerian Air Force currently maintains a Boeing Business Jet (737) as a means of transport for the President of Nigeria. The plane is also known as “Eagle One” and is marked NAF-001. The national colors of the Nigerian Flag (Green, White, Green), are painted in long horizontal stripes along the base of the white fuselage, the words “NIGERIAN AIR FORCE” are tagged on the top, and the Seal of the President of Nigeria is embossed on the tail.

Egypt
Official Car
The current vehicle is a black armored variant of the 2013 Mercedes Benz S-Class with a special black number plate with the presidential crest above an Arabic 1. It is also said that he personally drives a special version of an armored 2013 Mercedes Benz S-Class, specially tailored to suit his needs.
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Egypt president’s official plane is an ultra long-haul Airbus A340 which offers unmatched operational flexibility on non-stop flights over remote areas e.g oceans and mountain ranges. The super plane includes state-of-the art technologies that allow the president to travel in ultimate comfort over long distances. The luxurious plane is further enhanced with military security protection to keep the president safe on air. According to the official Airbus website Egypt president planes has a length of 75 meters, a height of 17.22 meters and a wing span of 63.45 meters.

Zimbabwe
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The state car used by the President of Zimbabwe is a heavily armored custom-built Mercedes Benz S600 stretch limousine.
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President’s $400 million baby was always going to be controversial when you consider Zimbabwe falls amongst the poorest countries in Africa, but the plane itself is a fine piece of equipment. The country has so far struggled to pay $360 million but still has a debt of $40 million to meet.

The exterior of the plane has been decorated with the nation’s flag and the stairs lined with red carpet fit for royalty, and the plane performs ably as you would expect of a Boeing. The cruise speed of 858 km/h is fiercely competitive for Africa. The plane has been named as the third best presidential airplane in the world, after Mexico & USA.

AUSTRALIA
Official car-Holden Caprice
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The Governor-General of Australia travels in a Rolls-Royce Phantom VI limousine for ceremonial occasions, such as the State Opening of Parliament. He more commonly uses Australian-built luxury cars such as a Holden Caprice when on official business. The official cars of the Governor-General fly the Flag of the Governor-General of Australia and display St. Edward’s Crown instead of number plates. When the Queen is in Australia, the Queen’s Personal Australian Flag is flown on the car in which she is travelling. Note: The queen is the official “head of state” and “sovereign leader” of sixteen nations, including Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica and Canada.

The official state car of the Prime Minister of Australia is a white armoured BMW 7-Series, supported at all times by an armoured BMW X5. Prior to 2013, support vehicles in the Prime Ministerial fleet were white Ford Territory and Holden Caprice models.
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No. 34 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force operates the current VIP fleet of two 737 Boeing Business Jets and three Challenger 604s for use by Australian officials; in particular the Australian Royal Family, Governor-General, Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Leaders of Political Parties not in Government and the Deputy Prime-Minister. The aircraft are regularly used for both domestic and international travel. With the lease on all five VIP jets expiring in 2015, bigger birds are on the table.

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Daring diamond heists, ridiculous art hauls and good old-fashioned cash robberies have been the fodder of innumerable movies since, well, since movies began. For criminals, there are no crimes perhaps more enticing than bank robbery. The fame, notoriety, and financial rewards of robbing a bank are enough to entice hackers, gunmen and even politicians into attempting to rob a bank. Robberies are committed left and right, usually for small amounts of money, however, some robbers choose to go-big-or-go-home.

We’ve got the low-down on the most incredible heists in history. From the ingeniously brilliant to the just plain dumb. Unfortunately for them, the robbers have almost always been brought to justice, although most of the money has never been recovered. We shouldn’t be impressed but…

Saddam Hussein $1 Billion loot
Iraq banks have been victims of multiple heists and, in fact, the city has been revealed as the “bank robbery capital of the world“. Although most have been extremely violent, none have been more sensational than the 2003 theft by then-leader Saddam Hussein which remains the largest heist in history. The president ordered his eldest son to take as much money as he could from Iraq Central Bank just hours before the US-led invasion of the country. Taking the order, Quasay and his men loaded cash from the vaults into a number of trucks waiting outside The value of the haul? A whopping $1 billion.

About $650 million was recovered by American troops from the walls of the Hussein palace but the $350 million leftovers were never discovered.

Tunnel vision
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Brazil’s biggest bank heist took days to discover as a group of thieves stole $65 million by tunneling into a bank during its weekend hours. The group of up to 10 men dug a 200m tunnel into the bank from a nearby house in the city of Fortaleza, which they said they had rented to make artificial turf.

When the robbery was eventually discovered, local investigators told reporters, “It’s something you see in the movies… They dug a tunnel that goes underneath two [city] blocks. They’ve been digging for three months.”

The luckiest mugger
Snatching a briefcase would not generally make a list of daring actions but for one London mugger who set his sights on a briefcase belonging to a messenger working for Sheppards brokers, it was the luckiest. On grabbing the briefcase from 58-year-old John Goddard in 1990, the thief found himself the holder of 301 treasury bills, valued at about £1 million each. All but two were eventually recovered but that still made him a millionaire, twice over.

Mona Lisa
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One of the most daring robberies in history was the kidnapping of the Louvre’s famous painting by the great master Leonardo da Vinci – “Mona Lisa”. This happened in 1911. Vincenzo Peruggia who worked as the Louvre glazier, one day noticed that the picture is not guarded so he could not resist the temptation to steal it, Vincenzo went straight to the painting and took it off the wall. On his way down the stairs he got rid of the frame, then he simply folded the “Mona Lisa” and hid it under his coat, after what he simply left the museum as if nothing had happened. For two years he kept her in his Paris apartment in a suitcase with a double bottom. The robber was caught while trying to sell a stolen painting in Italy.

Attempt to cash a $360 billion cheque.
Charles Ray Fuller, whose “last big score” was also apparently his “first, clumsy score,” kind of the premature ejaculation of bank fraud. One bright spring day, Fuller decided to walk into his local bank and attempt to cash a check for $360 billion. The bank, curiously, suspected something was up and notified the police. But that’s not the interesting part of this story. The interesting part is what was going through this guy’s head when he walked into that bank? Did he think this small bank had $360 billion in cash on hand? Did he really understand how much money that actually was? He could have tipped the entire planet into recession if he’d pulled this off. But of course the answer is that nothing was going through his head when he tried this. By even daring to consider this stunt, our man Fuller demonstrated a pretty horrendous lack of understanding about how cheques, banking, and possibly zeros work.

The Thanksgiving Skyjacker
D.B Cooper’s hijacking of a commercial airliner is probably the most legendary of all unsolved FBI cases. On November 24 1971 a man thought to be in his mid-40s boarded a plane at Portland airport, heading to Seattle. He proceeded to drink bourbon and smoke cigarettes – nothing unusual there. But then he handed one of the cabin crew a note stating he would detonate a bomb he had in his possession unless he was given $200,000 and some parachutes.

After receiving the ransom, he released the 94 passengers but ordered the pilot to fly to Mexico. He then jumped out of the plane somewhere over southwest Washington. He was never found and the case remains open despite a mammoth 1,200 suspects having been checked out.

Even if you can’t name the inventor of the World Wide Web (It’s Tim Berners-Lee!), you’ll probably want to celebrate one of the information network’s most important milestones. On August 6, 1991 — 24 years ago — Berners-Lee published the world’s first website from a lab in the Swiss Alp. Surprisingly, the world’s first website can still be visited today, more than two decades after its creation.

The site, originally found at the clunky URL “http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html,” was updated frequently after launching; therefore, images of its earliest versions were never saved. Nevertheless, a later copy from 1992 is still preserved and welcoming visitors. You can see what the site looks like by clicking this link here.

Berners-Lee first proposed his idea for a worldwide network of computers sharing information in 1989, while he was working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. According CERN’s history of the first website, it was written on a NeXT computer, made by the company Steve Jobs founded after his ouster from Apple back in 1985.

The NeXT computer used by Tim Berners-Lee in 1990 to create the world's first website.

The NeXT computer used by Tim Berners-Lee in 1990 to create the world’s first website.

Berners-Lee’s site went live in 1991, and was accessed by a decidedly small audience of fellow CERN researchers. It wasn’t until 1993, when web browser Mosaic was released, that the Web & the doc-com boom took off.

So which are the other Internet fossils?

I made quick hunt for more of these intact interweb sites, and homepages with original historic details—HTML 2.0, frames, and animgifs—perfectly preserved from the glorious 90s. However some of these sites have been greatly modified spoiling what otherwise might have been the worlds 9th wonder in the next century or so. After wiping my tears off, I present you with them.

1991

CERN
The link is a snapshot of the CERN site, the first website, as of November 1992. The Web was publicly announced (via a posting to the Usenet newsgroup alt.hypertext) on August 6, 1991.
World Wide Web Virtual Library
Originally Tim Berners-Lee’s web catalog at CERN.
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
Paul Kunz from SLAC visited Tim Berners-Lee at CERN in September 1991. He was impressed by the WWW project and brought a copy of the software back to Stanford. SLAC launched the first web server in North America on December 12, 1991.
ACME Laboratories
A free software site, created by Jeffrey Poskanzer, who created the compact web server thttpd. It is still active today.

1992

National Center for Supercomputing Applications
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications site was an early home to the NCSA Mosaic web browser, as well as documentation on the web and a “What’s New?” list which many people used as an early web directory.
Fermilab
Second web server in North America, following in the trend of high-energy physics laboratories.
SunSITE
Early, comprehensive archiving project. Project as a whole started in 1992 and was quick to move to the web.

1993

By the end of 1993, there were 623 websites, according to a study by MIT Researcher Matthew Gray.
Bloomberg.com
Financial portal with information on markets, currency conversion, news and events, and Bloomberg Terminal subscriptions.
Doctor Fun
One of the first webcomics, noted by the NCSA as “a major breakthrough for the Web”.
The LANL preprint archive
Web access to thousands of papers in physics, mathematics, computer science, and biology; developed out of earlier gopher, ftp, and e-mail archives at Los Alamos. Now housed at lanl.arxiv.org
Global Network Navigator
Example of an early web directory created by O’Reilly Media and one of the Web’s first commercial sites; it was hosted at Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN).
The Internet Movie Database
Founded in 1989 by participants in the Usenet newsgroup rec.arts.movies, the IMDB was rolled out on the web in late 1993, hosted by the computer science department of Cardiff University in Wales.
Internet Underground Music Archive
Created by students at the University of California, Santa Cruz to help promote unsigned musical artists. Music was shared using the MP2 format, presaging the later extreme popularity of MP3 sharing and Online music stores.
The Tech
The MIT campus newspaper, The Tech, claims to be the first newspaper to deliver content over the Web, beginning in May 1993.
MTV
The music television network’s domain was registered in 1993 by VJ Adam Curry, who personally ran a small unofficial site.
PARC Map Server
Arguably the earliest precursor of MapQuest and Google Maps. PARC Researcher Steve Putz tied an existing map viewing program to the web. Now defunct.
Principia Cybernetica
Probably the first complex, collaborative knowledge system, sporting a hierarchical structure, index, map, annotations, search, plenty of hyperlinks, etc. Designed by Francis, Cliff & Valentin to develop a cybernetic philosophy.
ExPASy
The first life sciences web site. Still active.
W3Catalog,
the web’s first primitive search engine, released on September 2, 1993.

Aliweb
The web’s second search engine appeared in November 1993. Aliweb did not use a web robot, but instead depended on being notified by website administrators of the existence at each site of an index file in a particular format.

1994

By mid-1994 there were 2738 websites, according to Gray’s statistics; by the end of the year, more than 10,000.
Amnesty International
Human Rights site. Created in 1994 by the organization’s International Secretariat and the Computer Communications Working Group of Amnesty International Canada.
Cybersell
The first commercial advertising service focused on using spam comes online as sell.com, set up by Laurence Canter and Martha Siegel, notorious for spamming Usenet newsgroups earlier that year.
The Economist
The Economist, “went live in early 1994” with a website “structured as a portal with various search tools of the day (e.g., Archie, Veronica, Jughead, WAIS and Gopher)”; it cost $120, paid for by one of the magazine’s correspondents, and by the end of the year “America Online voted it one of the world’s top-ten news sites, nosing out Time-Warner’s celebrated Pathfinder site—which reputedly cost $120 million to build.”
FogCam!
World’s oldest still operating webcam. Located at San Francisco State University.
Justin Hall‘s Links from the Underground
One of the earliest examples of personal weblogging.
Lawinfo
Early legal website, provides public access to pre-qualified, pre-screened attorneys, and to free legal resources.
Pathfinder.com
One of the first Internet portals, created by Time Warner.
Pizza Hut
The pizza delivery restaurant started by allowing people in Santa Cruz, California to order pizza over the Web.
Sex.com
Subject of a twelve-year legal battle that established parameters of domain ownership.
Transdat.com
The first site using the internet for a sales medium on a global scale for heavy machinery.
The Simpsons Archive
The first fan site for The Simpsons television show.
VeloNews
One of the first sports news sites, initially providing Tour de France news.
VirtuMall
Created in 1994 by MIT dorm mates, pioneered shopping cart technology, pioneered credit card payments sent via fax to mail order catalogs, created the first pooled-traffic site, and helped foster standards for security. One of the first “tenants” was Hickory Farms.
The WWW Useless Pages
Perhaps the first site which showcased bad or eccentric websites rather than ‘cool’ ones.
WebCrawler 
An early search engine for the Web, and the first with full text searching, by Brian Pinkerton at the University of Washington, announced in June of 1994.
Whitehouse.gov
The official website of the White House.
World-Wide Web Worm
The World-Wide Web Worm (WWWW) was one of the first search engines for the World-Wide Web, by Oliver McBryan at the University of Colorado, announced in March of 1994.
Yahoo!
Originally started as “Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web”; later Yahoo without the exclamation mark.

Prostitution is one of the oldest trades known to mankind, dating back to the existence of civilisation. Women and, with the advancement of years, men, have lined dimly lit street corners, luring clients for centuries. And now in the current digital era, prostitutes around the world, Kenya included, are moving the trade to a new frontier – the internet.

Commercial sex work, although illegal, is a rampant daily occurrence in Nairobi. “Approximately 7,000 sex workers operate in Nairobi per night, with each having an average of 3-4 clients, which translates to between 21,000 and 28,000 sexual activities a night,” a report said. City authorities ruled out legalisation of prostitution despite demands by sex workers that they be recognised. Some of the registered licensed massage parlours are actually operating as sex dens and brothels with both owners and patrons aware of the same, hence increasing the popularity of sex work in Kenya.
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Kenya’s government has been severely criticised because of its lack of response to the booming sex tourism and child exploitation especially on the Kenyan coast. This booming trade in sex tourism goes on with the Kenyan Tourism Police’s full knowledge. They do not want to discourage the hundreds of thousands of white tourists from coming to Kenya’s coast, regardless of the damage it does to young Kenyans. Moreover, it’s no secret that most of our leaders are regular clients in these sex dens. Kenya has in fact been ranked as the 7th most popular destination for sex tourism, WORLDWIDE. To date, no single website has been blocked by the government and the rate at which they are growing is alarming. We urge that the CID’s Computer Forensics Unit moves fast to apprehend the culprits who are without doubt contributing immensely to moral decadence in our society before the vice grows even further.

Samwagik went deeper – undercover of course – and managed to piece together this piece of information from our investigations.

Digital Prostitution
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These days, prostitution is very much an online enterprise. The Kenyan blogosphere has just recently been graced by not your usual blogger and not your usual genre: Digital prostitution. Global adult content has been growing by the day, and Kenya has jumped on the bandwagon. Escorts advertise on personal websites and email with clients before meeting up. All of this, according to them has made the black market safer and somewhat more lucrative compared with the days when they could mostly walk the streets looking to pick up men. A number of sites have a section where clients can leave reviews for escorts. The following is a list of links to the most famous websites which prostitutes are currently using to market their trade in Nairobi. More ads are also found on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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Sex Societies
Massage Republic
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Kenya Tamu
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Pazuri Place
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Light Districts
• Koinange Street area (Also called ‘K’ Street) is a Red Light District in Nairobi. There are whores selling their body just for about 200-250 shillings. Young ladies in their early twenties are engaging in the practice.
• Many whores have moved to hanging around Westlands Road area as well.

Prostitutes and Sex Workers
Some of the prostitutes go on in broad daylight in joints in downtown Nairobi where male clients flood to satisfy their sexual urge. These Nairobi prostitutes are sex workers at day time and housewives at the night time. They come back home from their flesh trade just before their husbands get back from their jobs.
• F1 a.k.a. Madhouse, Koinange Street.
• Florida 2000 a.k.a. F2, Moi Avenue.
• Tahiti, off Luthuli Avenue.
• Fameland, at a place known as “Commercial”.
• Black Diamond, Electric Avenue.
• iClub (formerly Tacos), Kimathi Street.
• Apple Bees, off Luthuli Avenue.
• Sabina Joy, Moi Avenue.
• Simmers, Kenyatta Avenue’
• Liddos
• Sailors
• Club Barrels
• Good Hope, on River Road.

Street Hookers
Street hookers in Nairobi ask normally 250 shilling for one round and 800 shillings  for whole night. You will probably see young Nairobi street walkers in the areas mentioned below. Street whores in Nairobi are cheaper in residential areas than what they cost in the city center. Most girls will line up on the street until 4am, but some girls work 24 hours on the street.
• In the Red light district on Koinange Street.
• Intersection of Koinange Street and Kenyatta Avenue.
Westlands Road area at night time.
• In front of Amar Hotel, prostitutes standing in the corridors making it hard for anyone to pass through.
Kitale Hotel, prostitutes sitting on the couch inside. Some of the hookers are in a groups and some are alone.

Strip Clubs & Lap Dance
APPLE BEEZ, Located along Gaborone road, this is the pioneer of stripping business in town. They literally set the trend in the industry. With strippers from as far as Brazil and USA, they are obviously serious about what they do.
LIDDOS, Located along Keekoroke road, this is the one joint edging out Apple beez as the ultimate Nairobi’s top strip club.
F3 PANGO, A sister club to the renowned Florida pack of night clubs, its located along Moi Avenue in the same building that Florida 2000 is located. Actually you use the same entrance to F2. After 11pm, the music is usually very loud. Lots of foreigners are seen in this club. This is definitely a high end joint, Sudanese are also spotted making it rain here.
TAHITI CLUB, Another club located along river road. It’s a relatively small club with the balcony serving as the VIP section.
SMALL WORLD STRIP CLUB, Located on a lane just off River road and on the 5th floor of an old building.

Brothels
Munyu Road Junction on both sides of Luthuli, there are two of them.
• On the last building on Luthuli street on the right, there are three. That is where a lot of High school students prefer. Maybe because of the price. You will always catch them there during openings and closing of schools.
• The famous Kericho East. Across River Road.
• Duruma Road, there is a bar called bar Jerry’s. There are two more dingy lodges there which are brothels.
Tea Room is probably the most famous (after Sabina Joy). If you climb up the stairs to the reception, the only business there is selling out rooms and condoms. There are many prostitutes in the bar and in the rooms.
•  Nyandarua Lodging, River Rood, Prostitutes always loitering around there, some of them under-aged.

Erotic Massage Parlors
Sensual and happy ending massage is readily available from providers in Nairobi. Most of the erotic massage services are found in online websites. Some up-scale hotels do also have a beauty parlor where one can find massage therapy. Some of girls who work on these parlors like to make extra money on the side.
• Sonya Therapy Gill House, 4th floor, Hotel bilmas, Care Guest House. Cost for a massage is Ksh 1,000 to the house, and another 1,000 for the girl.
• Roys Nairobi ladies massage parlor
• Ariya Thai Spa, Hayat House, Jalaram Rd, Westlands, Nairobi.
• Rejuvenate Day Spa
• Aromantics Spa

Transsexuals / Shemales
You can sometimes find transvestites from Kirinyaga Road in Nairobi. Most are men with their faces heavily powdered, their lips evenly glossed and nails pedicured. Some look more feminine than others.

Gay and Lesbian
Homosexuality is “largely considered to be taboo and repugnant to [the] cultural values and morality” of Kenya, and the state punishes same-sex sexual acts as crimes. .
There are lots of male gay sex workers in Nairobi especially in Kirinyaga Road and in pubs and clubs in the area. Some clubs have mostly only male prostitutes waiting to be picked up. Clients often offer more money for unprotected sex to the gay prostitutes. All night sex price is roughly 10,000 shillings (US$120) without a condom and Sh5, 000 (US$60) with a condom. There are about 4,000 male prostitutes in Nairobi, mostly in their 20s.

Gay Friendly Clubs & Bars
• Pavement, In westlands, on waiyaki way,
• Spiders Pub, Ronald Ngala Street (Moi Avenue)
• Gipsy Bar, Woodvale Grove, Westlands (Cross street: Waiyaki Way)

Gay Friendly Saunas & Bathhouses
• Inter-Continentals steam room, City Hall Way.