US Government Reaches Deal with Boeing for new B747-8 Air Force One Aircraft

The White House has supposedly reached a deal with Boeing for two new AF1 aircraft, in the B747-8 variant. It will cost the government $3.9 billion, and I could not find an expected completion date unfortunately. (if someone can find, please post below). The program will use aircraft originally made for a former Russian Airline (Transaero) that went out of business a few years ago (the aircraft themselves never left American soil).



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(photo credits to Boeing)

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It’s great they got the cost reduced. Boeing abuses their position as a government contractor and over priced everything. I reckon the plane will be ready for the next president or for Trump if he gets a second term. The fitting and all the testing of everything will surely take a few years.

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I agree with the timing. Boeing will probably need a lot of time to design it since it is most likely still in the preliminary stages (probably very similar to the current AF1, but there are a lot of upgrades most likely, as well as adjusting it for the new 747 variant).

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Wow. I suppose for the term in the Whitehouse, “If it ain’t Boeing, it ain’t going”. I wonder why the government are so focused on the tradition of the 747 to their fleet.

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It’s a statement. Its the same reason why the president drives a Cadillac. You won’t see him rolling around in a Hyundai ;)

+1 if you get the reference ;)

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The aircraft are currently parked at KVCV right now

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Everyone always abuses their government contracts to get more money lol

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Love it, it is a Good choice! When wil it be ready?

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Yayyy! My favorite aircraft X Air Force One livery!

I’m glad they are replacing that old 747-200.

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Does anyone know when this 747-8s will enter service?

This article says 2024. Here’s the link -

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I think an A380 would be better! Support a struggling plane, and the aircraft has more space! C’mon Trump!

“Outstanding value” at $1.95 billion per plane…

Assuming that 747s are discounted to 60% off list for commercial customers, this represents $1.79 billion of specialist modifications on a plane typically sold for $161 million. This is a much-needed upgrade, but I would love to see what kind of modifications they put in to justify the eye-watering markup.

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I had read somewhere awhile back that it would be 10-15 years

Like the President of the US wants to support a foreign company? LOL!

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I know but it would be great!

Airbus never tried to win the contract. The only option was Boeing. It’s not feasible for Airbus they said to make 2 A380’s in the US just for one contract as it’s going to cost extreme amounts of money. This is something that’s required by the DOD.

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Well make it in the normal place then?

I literally just said that it’s a requirement to make them in the US not in Europe. 😂

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The 747s are used because of their large size and, more importantly, 4 engines. These make it safer in case of malfunction or attack.

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