US President Joe Biden has arrived in Scotland for COP26, bringing with him numerous cars, helicopters and even a plane. 

As President of the United States, he is among the world's most famous faces and therefore has no shortage of security measures to ensure he travels safely. 

With President Biden due to travel between Edinburgh and Glasgow each day of the conference, you may well spot his extensive convoy of cars, titled the motorcade. 

Here's what you need to know about everything that travels with the US President...

Air Force One - the presidential plane

President Biden arrived in Scotland in Air Force One – one of two specially modified Boeing 747-200s.

The luxurious aircraft is extremely high tech and prepared for almost every event - it can even act as a mobile command centre in the event of an attack on the US.

The plane is easy to spot; the side reads  "United States of America" accompanied by the seal of the president of the United States and the American flag. 

Unsurprisingly, it bares almost no similarities to a normal plane - inside there's a presidential suite with a conference room and office, a medical suite that can be used as an operating room and two food preparation areas that can feed 100 people at a time.

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The Beast - the presidential car

President Biden will travel between Edinburgh and Glasgow by road in his car nicknamed The Beast. 

The Beast forms part of the 20-vehicle presidential motorcade that arrived in Scotland on Monday morning. 

There are actually two identical Beasts, as well as a whole fleet of other cars which will flank the President's car as he is driven around. 

The Beast is a custom-built Cadillac 18ft limousine, which weighs between 6.5 and 8 tonnes. 

It has extensive security measures built-in, with a bullet proof exterior just the beginning - it can also withstand explosions and give electric shocks via the handles. 

Litres of the President's blood are carried around in the car in case of an emergency. 

The car is driven by Secret Service drivers who have undergone extensive training. 

Biden used this car at the G7 summit earlier this summer, while President Obama also used to use the car for overseas trips. 

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Marine One - the presidential helicopter

As the motorcade drives along, a helicopter accompanies overhead, fitted with communications equipment, anti-missile defences and hardened hulls.

These aircrafts are often nicknamed "Nighthawks".

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The President is also accompanied by numerous staff members on overseas trips, including drivers, White House aides and journalists. 

The president has at his side at all times a White House doctor and one of five rotating military aides who carry the nuclear "football".

The nuclear football is a briefcase containing codes and war plans, allowing the President to launch nuclear attacks while away from his desk. 

There is also usually a group of 13 members of the press on such visits, including three wire reporters, two print reporters, four photographers, a three-person television crew, and a radio reporter.