The 2005 Cadillac DTS Presidential State Car (United States) was the official state car used by President George W. Bush of United States during his administration. Analogous to the use by President of a plane designated Air Force One, the car-traditionally a limousine that is informally known as “Cadillac One”. The limousine model was replaced on 20 January 2009, following the inauguration of President Barack Obama, even though both models are still in use.
2005 Cadillac DTS Presidential State Car Features
The model is a handmade, custom made with high ceiling and the 2005 armored vehicle designed in the style of the Cadillac DTS sedan built on a platform of four-wheel drive GM. The vehicle was built by Centigon (formerly O’Gara, Hess and Eisenhardt). It was used for the first time on January 20, 2005, during second inauguration parade George Bush.
Most details are classified car for security reasons. The vehicle is unique in its class. It sports a line of high ceiling, AWD set up based on the Cadillac Escalade, lights red and blue emergency integrated into the front grille, and is equipped with strobe lights red in the headlights and lights rear brake. The standard door handles have been replaced by a more loop design. The vehicle is fully equipped with military-grade armor 5 inches (130 mm) thick for maximum protection. The windows do not open, wheels are equipped with run flat tires, five antennas are mounted on the tailgate. Due to the thickness of the glass, natural light is excluded, so a fluorescent lighting system in the roof halo is essential.
The car has seating for 7 people, including president. The front seats two and includes a communications center console mounted. A glass partition separates the front from the back. Three rear-facing seats are in the back, with cushions that are able to fold against partition. The two rear seats are reserved for the president and another passenger; These seats have the ability to recline individually. A folding table is between the two rear seats. The storage compartments in interior panels of the car contain communications equipment.
2005 Cadillac DTS Presidential State Car (2005-2009)
In domestic travel, Cadillac One shows the flags of Hispanics and presidential, which are illuminated by directional flood lights mounted on the hood. The limo was airlifted for domestic and international use, mainly by a US C-17 Globemaster III US Air Force. When the President made an official visit to a foreign country, the presidential level is replaced by the flag of the foreign country.
On May 23, 2011, the Cadillac DTS Presidential State Car was involved in an incident in which he was stuck on a ramp at the exit of the US Embassy in Dublin, Ireland, during an official visit of President Obama. It is understood that wheelbase of the vehicle was too large for the ramp and had to be towed off the ramp as a large crowd watched.
2005 Cadillac DTS Presidential State Car Replacement
On January 6, 2009, it was announced that a new Cadillac model 2009, as amended would be used during the January 20, 2009 inauguration of the President Barack Obama. The model was replaced by the “2009 Cadillac Presidential Limousine” on that day. Both cars remain in the presidential fleet, however, and serve as the backups or replacements in the main vehicle.