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POTUS Air Force One
« on: December 07, 2016, 08:02:16 AM »
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Although 'Air Force One' can describe any Air Force aircraft carrying the President, it is now standard practice to use the term to refer to specific planes equipped to transport the Commander-in-Chief.

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POTUS Air Force One
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2016, 08:04:17 AM »
FSB-POND to design facilities for the next Air Force One aircraft | air recognition - 06 December 2016
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The FSB-POND Joint Venture was awarded a contract by Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Washington for architectural and engineering services for the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization (PAR) Complex, the JV announced on Monday Dec. 5, 2016.

This $250M aviation facility at Joint Base Andrews will support the proposed Boeing 747-8, a 4-engine, wide-bodied commercial aircraft, which will be modified to fit the Air Force's needs. This aircraft will be configured to allow the President to fulfill the roles of Chief Executive, Commander in Chief, and Head of State while on board.

The intent of the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization (PAR) Program is to replace the aging VC-25A aircraft fleet which is the military version of the Boeing 747-200 aircraft. These aircraft are currently used to transport the President of the United States, as well as other senior leaders. The aircraft goes by the call sign Air Force One when the President is on board. The current fleet is reaching the end of their service lives, which requires increased maintenance time and costs.

Artistic rendering of the future POTUS' Air Force One
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POTUS Air Force One
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2016, 10:30:25 AM »
Trump Tweets US Should Cancel Air Force One Replacement | defense news - December 6, 2016
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The US Air Force selected Boeing to design the next presidential transport aircraft in 2015. The company has put forth a heavily modified 747-8 design, and the service intends to have two of the new Air Force Ones flying by 2024.

While based on an existing design, the price for an Air Force One are massive compared to what a basic 747-8 commercial jet would cost, due to the electronic suites and defensive systems needed on the presidential plane.

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An Air Force spokesman said the service has budgeted $2.7 billion, "but expect this number to change as the program matures with the completion of the risk reduction activities."
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Re: POTUS Air Force One
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2017, 10:39:57 AM »
USAF awards contract mod to Boeing for Presidential Aircraft Recapitalisation | IHS Jane's 360 - 15 September 2017
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The contract modification includes the design to incorporate a mission communication system, electrical power upgrades, a medical facility, and an executive interior into two commercial Boeing 747-8s, according to a USAF statement. The modification also includes a self-defence system and autonomous ground operations capabilities. These aircraft will replace the two VC-25A (747-200) presidential support aircraft commonly known as Air Force One when in the air and occupied by the president.

The USAF in early August awarded Boeing a contract modification to purchase two commercial 747-8 aircraft. The original customer for these two aircraft was Transaero, a Russian airline that went bankrupt in late 2015. Boeing spokesperson Caroline Hutcheson said in August that Boeing has always owned and maintained possession of the aircraft, which she said were manufactured in 2015.

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New Air Force One Deal Cleared For Takeoff
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2018, 11:58:24 AM »
New Air Force One Deal Cleared For Takeoff
February 27, 20182:37 PM ET
SCOTT HORSLEY

https://www.npr.org/2018/02/27/589207048/new-air-force-one-deal-cleared-for-takeoff

President Trump has struck a deal with the Boeing Co. to supply the next generation of Air Force One.

A White House spokesman said Trump agreed to pay $3.9 billion for two customized 747s. That's somewhat below the price tag Trump complained about before taking office.

"We want Boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money," Trump told reporters in late 2016. He claimed the company was demanding more than $4 billion for the two jumbo jets and hinted he might cancel the order.

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The new 747-8 models will be capable of flying 1,000 miles farther than the existing version, while also producing less carbon pollution.

The order for the new planes comes as commercial airlines in the U.S. have stopped flying the 747 in favor of more fuel-efficient two-engine models. Air Force specs require the redundancy of four engines for the presidential aircraft.

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Boeing said the delivery date for the new planes will depend on how much testing the Air Force wants to do. Before Trump took office, the plan was to have the planes ready by 2024, when the current models will both be more than 30 years old.