Boeing to Make Air Force One Replacement

President Barack Obama waves on the steps of Air Force One. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty)
President Barack Obama waves on the steps of Air Force One.
(Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty)

The president of the United States will continue to be flown in an American-made plane, as the U.S. Air Force has announced the next presidential aircraft will be a Boeing 747-8.

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.

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SOURCE: USA Today / Defense News – Aaron Mehta

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