U.S. Air Force photo | Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales
Air Force general officers salute the President of the U.S. as he departs April 20, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
The world’s most famous aircraft, an 800,000-pound flying fortress that extends the power of the White House into the skies, just got a step closer to the assembly line.
The current U.S. Air Force planes (VC-25A), which are highly modified Boeing 747-200 series aircraft, have served the presidency since 1990 as “airborne Oval Offices” and are quickly reaching the end of their lifespan.
“The Boeing 747-200 ceased production in 1987 and is no longer operated in the U.S. commercial passenger-carrying industry. The Air Force is the only remaining domestic operator,” according to a U.S. Air Force statement.
What’s more, the replacement parts for the current Air Force One jets are diminishing and therefore becoming an “ever-increasing problem that will continue to worsen.”