The 1997 film:
- Actor-Shared Background / The Cast Showoff: Harrison Ford is an aviator.
- Backed by the Pentagon: Unusually, the film received the co-operation from all four branches of the U.S. military, who readily lent them equipment and advisers.
- California Doubling: The city of Cleveland, Ohio doubles for Kazakhstan; Radek's palace was shot in the Severance Hall and the Cuyahoga County Courthouse. Also, the prison where Radek was incarcerated was actually the Ohio State Reformatory.
- Executive Meddling: See Motive Decay.
- Fake Russian: Petrov, Radek, Korshunov, and Bazylev are all fake Russians. However, the terrorist mooks and Russian extras are played by emigrants from the Soviet Union.
- He Also Did: The film is written by Andrew W. Marlowe, the creator of Castle.
- Old Shame: After the US invasion of Iraq, Wolfgang Petersen stated "I would not make a movie like Air Force One now."
- The Red Stapler: Almost. Then US President Bill Clinton allegedly wanted to put an escape pod in the real Air Force One after seeing this movie.
- For those wondering why such a feature isn't onboard the real VC-25s, it's actually pretty simple. Any issue that could result in the destruction of the aircraft would actually happen too quickly for the president to be safely evacuated to such a podnote . On top of that, even if there was an emergency where there was time to move the President into the podnote , the aircraft itself would be on the ground within a few minutes anyway, and safely evacuated. Also, even if the President was killed, the power would just shift to the Vice President anyway, meaning that the government would still be functional.
- Wag the Director: A positive example from Glenn Close:
"They had written a scene of her breaking down and crying. And I said, 'I will not do that.' Because I thought we'd be doing women a disfavor if we had that cliché moment where she breaks down."
- What Could Have Been:
- The movie originally had a score by Randy Newman. Yes, that Randy Newman. (Ultimately it was thrown out with Jerry Goldsmith - and Joel McNeely - having only two weeks to write a new score.)
- Jerry Goldsmith wanted to work with his son Joel Goldsmith again following their collaboration in Star Trek: First Contact but another assignment from Joel Goldsmith prevented the father-son duo from happening.
- There was originally going to be an explanation behind why Agent Gibbs betrayed Marshall — he was a former CIA agent who became disenchanted when the Cold War ended. See also Motive Decay.
- The lead role was written for Kevin Costner, but he was heavily committed to The Postman, and suggested Harrison Ford for the part. On the DVD Commentary, if Ford did not want to play the lead role, then Arnold Schwarzenegger, Keanu Reeves and Dennis Quaid would be the other choices to play the lead role. Others considered include Tom Hanks, John Malkovich and Tommy Lee Jones.