Thursday, January 29, 2015

2015 Air Force One Replacement Selection of the 747-8 is a Much-needed Boost for Boeing, Updating the Presidential Airlift Recapitalization Program Mobile Defenses Office

""The president of the United States will continue to be flown in an American-made plane, as the US Air Force has announced the next presidential aircraft will be produced by Boeing.
The service, in consultation with acquisition chief Frank Kendall, has selected the Boeing 747-8 design for its Presidential Airlift Recapitalization program.
In a statement announcing the selection, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James called the presidential aircraft "one of the most visible symbols of the United States of America and the office of the president of the United States."

"The Boeing 747-8 is the only aircraft manufactured in the United States [that] when fully missionized meets the necessary capabilities established to execute the presidential support mission, while reflecting the office of the president of the United States of America consistent with the national public interest," James said.
The president is flown in a heavily modified Boeing 747-200B. When he is on board the plane, it is known as Air Force One.
The selection of Boeing is not a shock, given the desire for a four-engine aircraft that met the criteria. The only two companies with realistic offerings for the program were Boeing and Airbus, whose A380 is manufactured in Toulouse, France.""
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