Air Force One, just ahead of where the wing joins, has a silver "swoosh" on the bottom of the fuselage:

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Air Force Two, or other congressional aircraft painted with the blue/white livery that I was able to find do not have that same feature:

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What is the purpose of this "Silver Swoosh"? I was bale to identify the following two paths of reasoning, which raise additional questions:

Option 1: Part of the Paint Job

  • If the silver is just part of the paint job, why don't other congressional aircraft have that same feature?
  • If it is part of the paint job, what does it signify or what drives its inclusion?

Option 2: It fulfills a defensive function

  • What defensive purpose does it fulfill?
  • Since it seems to be highly reflective, does it potentially serve as a mirror for missiles with certain seeker heads?
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It's just for looks; an area of unpainted aluminum, polished.

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  • $\begingroup$ They are the queens of the Air Force ^^ $\endgroup$ – Peter Apr 23 '19 at 20:53

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