A PRESIDENTIAL motorcade of at least 20 vehicles has been spotted heading into Glasgow as President Biden arrives for COP26.

Air Force One touched down in Edinburgh Airport at around 11am, with President Biden among around 120 leaders set to attend the start of the two-week conference.

He is coming to the UK for two days after attending the G20 leaders’ summit in Rome, which will also be attended by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Pictures and footage on social media show the presidential motorcade as it travels between the capital and Glasgow.

A military helicopter flew overhead.


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Previously, Donald Trump brought as many as 1000 staff during his UK trip.

Biden's motorcade will be made up of political figures, American media, secret service and support staff. 

The presidential motorcade, which includes two identical limousines, nicknamed The Beast, and other security and communications vehicles, is brought across by US Air Force transport aircraft.

The Beast is a seven-seat black armoured limousine which reportedly cost two million US dollars (£1.5 million) and is designed to give the President the ultimate protection.

It can be turned into a sealed panic room with oxygen tanks, night-vision camera and reinforced steel plating said to be able to resist bullets, chemical attacks and bombs.



The Cadillac has Kevlar-reinforced tyres and steel rims that can keep the vehicle moving even if the tyres have been destroyed.

Bottles of the president’s blood type are carried on board in case of a medical emergency, and a satellite phone enables communication to be maintained from anywhere in the world.

As well as being able to defend the president, the car also features a host of attacking capabilities, such as a pump-action shotgun and a tear gas cannon.

Staff typically involved in an overseas trip include Secret Service post-standers, military communications specialists and White House aides.


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” – equipped with communication tools and a book with prepared war plans.

There is reportedly always 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.