Saturday, 5 August 2017

Second Hand 747's For US President

It has been revealed that the US Air Force is about to buy two second-hand Boeing 747s and convert these into the next Air Force One!

These two aircraft were originally ordered for Russian airline Transaero  back in 2013, however the troubled carrier went bankrupt in 2015.  The aircraft were effectively mothballed until now,  a source close to the deal say it looks set for completion by the end of August. Speaking anonymously to news agency AFP, the source - allegedly from inside the White House, said Boeing was set to sell the pair of 747-8 jetliners to the Air Force. "They’re still working toward a deal to provide two 747-8s to the Air Force.  This deal is focused on providing a great value for the Air Force and the best price for the taxpayer.”

The sale could potentially save the Air Force millions of dollars, and comes after Donald Trump said in December that the Air Force One replacement project costs were “ridiculous.”

According to the Defense One news website, Transaero had initially ordered four Boeing jets before it went bankrupt. Boeing had flight-tested two of the jets and they are now housed at the Southern California Logistics Airport. Apparently, no other airline had wanted to buy them.

The cost of converting a pair of 747-8 aircraft to form the luxury airborne command centres, known as Air Force One as soon as The President step aboard, is rumored to be $3.2 billion.  Work is expected to take until 2022

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