Posts Tagged ‘Air Force One’

All American Air Force One

February 2, 2009

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There will be no foreign-sourced Air Force One presidential aircraft — at least as far as the prime European contender for the Air Force One replacement contract is concerned.

 EADS North America announced this week that it will stay out of the forthcoming contest to supply the next Presidential fixed-wing transport aircraft, reports Air Force Magazine. This means that there will be no Airbus platform in the forthcoming competition to supply the modified commercial widebody aircraft that will replace the current 747-based Air Force One fleet, presumably leaving Boeing as the sole prospective bidder. E

ADS NA spokesman Tim Paynter told the Daily Report that the company, after careful review, has determined that participation in the Air Force One program “will not help” the company meet its business objectives. Those growth objectives, he said, include “bringing value to the US warfighter, making industrial investments in the US, and insourcing high technology defense and aerospace jobs.”

Instead, Paynter said EADS NA remains focused on tasks such as working with its partner Northrop Grumman to prevail in the KC-X tanker competition. Earlier this month, the Air Force announced its intent to procure a new fleet of three aircraft to serve as the next-generation Presidential fleet starting in 2017. (For more, read yesterday’s Los Angeles Times report and AFP’s report.)

Trade-In, Anyone? Presidential Jet Air Force One to be Replaced

January 20, 2009

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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.