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Air Force awards contract for two 747-8s for Air Force One

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The Air Force awarded a Boeing contract modification to purchase two commercial 747-8 aircraft for future modification to replace the two aging VC-25A Boeing 747-200 presidential support aircraft.

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This contract modification follows a set of awards in 2016 for risk reduction activities.

The Air Force has already requested Boeing to provide proposals to design, modify, test and field two Presidential mission-ready aircraft.

These efforts will be awarded via future contract modifications. The program expects to begin aircraft modifications in 2019 and reach initial operational capability in 2024.

These aircraft will start providing worldwide presidential airlift support in 2024, after a series of modifications and tests.

Boeing will modify their Federal Aviation Administration-certified commercial 747-8 aircraft to meet presidential operational requirements to help ensure an affordable program.

In March 2017, following a series of requirements reviews, the White House reaffirmed the minimum set of requirements necessary to meet presidential mission needs.

The modifications to the aircraft will include incorporating a mission communications system, electrical power upgrades, a medical facility, an executive interior, a self-defense system and autonomous ground operations capabilities.

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