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The Air Force is looking for a new aircraft to serve as primary Presidential transport (aka Air Force One), replacing the Boeing VC-25s that have flown US Presidents since 1990.
The VC-25, based on Boeing’s 747-200, is approaching the end of its 30-year design life, and, with commercial versions leaving airline service, the cost for parts and maintenance has increased, reports Air Force Magazine. The Air Force has conducted an analysis of alternatives, vying the cost of maintaining the current aircraft against buying a new one, and found that “replacing the VC-25 was the most cost-effective option.”
The new Air Force One, like its predecessor, will be a highly modified commercial wide-body aircraft that USAF expects to see delivered—complete with communications, interior, and aerial refueling capability modifications—in Fiscal 2017, followed by a second and third aircraft in two year increments, reports Air Force Magazine.
The Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio-based Aeronautical Systems Center, which is managing the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program, expects industry responses to its contractor capability survey by Jan. 28.