Boeing Begins Work on Air Force One Modernization Effort

Jeff Brody

Gen. Arnold Bunch, commander of the Air Force Materiel Command, said during AFA Conference 2019 that the service is “working well with Boeing” in efforts to modernize a presidential aircraft fleet, Defense One reported Thursday.

In July 2018, Boeing secured a potential $3.9 billion award to develop and field a pair of VC-25B aircraft to replace the Air Force One fleet. The company based VC-25B's design on the commercial 747 plane.

Derek Kaufman, a spokesman for AFMC, said in an email that Boeing is working on modifying the two 747 aircraft’s interiors and engines ahead of formal modification work slated for early 2020. The Department of Defense expects Boeing to complete work by December 2024.

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