The subplot of the Secretary of Defense trying to assume control of the White House over the Vice President, was inspired by former Secretary of State Alexander Haig. After Ronald Reagan was shot, Haig incorrectly insisted that he was in control of the White House, because then-Vice President George Bush was in Texas. The Secretary of State is actually fourth in the presidential line of succession, behind the Speaker of the House and President pro tempore of the Senate.
Although there are two specific 747s used and maintained by the Air Force for the president's use, the "Air Force One" designation is the air traffic control sign of any United States Air Force aircraft carrying the President of the United States (with Army, Navy, Marine, or Coast Guard aircraft being referred to as "Army One", "Navy One", etc., and civilian aircraft being referred to as "Executive One").
When Ivan gives his thumbprint for a background check near the beginning of the film, the date of birth that comes up among his info (3/21/58) is actor Gary Oldman's real birthday.
The sequence set at Ramstein AB, Germany, was filmed at Rickenbacker International Airport, Columbus, OH. Because the aircraft had to be visible even though the scene was supposedly taking place at night, a small amount of sky light was required; this restricted filming to two 15-minute intervals each day, at dusk and dawn.
The shot where the 747 swerves on the ground at Ramstein was performed at half speed.|