Unique look inside Air Force One as three US Presidents fly to South Africa for Mandela memorial

President Barack Obama jokes with former President George W. Bush shortly after boarding Air Force One for the trip to South Africa.
President Barack Obama jokes with former President George W. Bush shortly after boarding Air Force One for the trip to South Africa. Photo: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Three former US presidents paid their respects to Nelson Mandela at a memorial service yesterday, and it seems they were all keen to display some of the togetherness Mandela was known for as they all travelled to the ceremony on the same plane.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks with the Obamas en route to South Africa.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks with the Obamas en route to South Africa. Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

The two Democrats and one Republican shared a ride on Air Force One as they made their way to South Africa.

The Obamas, the Clintons and George W Bush and his wife look to have enjoyed their long flight together, several of the official White House pictures from the trip show them laughing and joking.

Former President Bush shows photos of his paintings to Lady Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Former President Bush shows photos of his paintings to Lady Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton. Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

In one snap, former President Bush is seen showing off some of his artwork to a smiling Hillary Clinton.

President and Mrs. Obama, former President and Mrs. Bush, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrive in South Africa.
President and Mrs. Obama, former President and Mrs. Bush, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrive in South Africa. Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza