The head of Catholic Church is only a day away before he lands in Kenya for a three day official visit. Pope Francis will touch down at JKIA on board a plane that is full of misconceptions about it.
Below Are 10 myths about Pope’s plane.
1. ‘Shepherd One’ Is A Symbol Of Roman Catholic Church
Yes the moment the plane touches down any international airport it flies the Vatican flag and the host country’s flag just like any presidential jet.
But the plane Isn’t a symbol of the Vatican so there is no radio call name given to the plane carrying the Pope like how Air Force One is treated when it touches down at any airport.
2. ‘Shepherd One’ Has A Twin On Standby For Emergency
The Pope travels with a single plane and in case it breaks down, then the team responsible for his movement will have to scavenge for another plane to ferry him wherever he is to go.
3. ‘Shepherd One’ Is A Mobile Bunker Offering Pope Safe Fleet On Earth
The Papal plane hasn’t been built with special features that enable it to perform functions as a mobile bunker and keep the Pope safe from aerial and ground attacks.
4. ‘Shepherd One’ Flies Faster Than Commercial Jets
Another common misconception about the Papal Jet. The Papal plane doesn’t break the sound barrier. It cruises like a typical commercial plane 475–500 knots (878-926 km/h; 546–575 mph).
‘Shepherd One isn’t a really fast and high flying bird like Obama’s Air Force One.
5. ‘Shepherd One’ Is Custom Designed For The Pope
Not true, not at all. One would imagine the Pope’s plane has conference rooms, large round tables and Presidential suit.
But this is not the case, the Papal jet maintains the typical layout of ordinary commercial planes, economy class and business class.