Air Force picks Boeing 747-8 to replace Air Force One

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  1. Gargoyle
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    The current two AF-1's are VC-25s, specially configured Boeing 747-200Bs. Boeing is phasing out the 747, but the AF-1 specs call for a 4 engine plane. The only other option is the A380, which is more limited in which airports can handle it, and, not being an American plane, would really not be a likely choice.

    http://news.yahoo.com/u-air-force-picks-boeing-747-8-replace-200607308--finance.html

    "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," said Air Force Secretary Deborah James in a statement.

    Boeing welcomed the Air Force's decision to skip a competition and opt for the 747-8, citing its 50-year history of building presidential aircraft.

    The Air Force said it intended to award a sole source contract to Boeing, but they must still negotiate a contract and the modifications needed to adapt the jet for presidential use.
     
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    Those will be tough contract negotiations, I am sure. ;)
     
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    The tough part will be the internal Boeing meetings where they decide on pricing and approach, and how to avoid having anything of those meetings documented in writing or e-mail.

    :eek:
     
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    Sorry, I'd done a search before posting, but missed that one.
     
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    No harm done. Many of us have done it at one time or another...
     
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