Members of the official departure party take their positions prior to
the departure of Air Force One from Joint Base Andrews, Md., on Nov. 20. Air Force photo by SSgt. Kenny Holston.
The Air Force office in charge of buying the next Air Force One has
expanded its portfolio to take over the recapitalization of three more
executive aircraft and the sustainment of eight total VIP and special
Air Force Materiel Command’s Presidential Airlift
Recapitalization Directorate is now the Presidential and Executive
Airlift Directorate, which now oversees not just the purchase of the
VC-25B replacement—the current Air Force One—but also the replacement of
the E-4B National Airborne Operations Center, the US Navy’s E-6B
Airborne Command Post, and the C-32A executive aircraft, with analysis
of alternatives for these aircraft expected to finish in late 2019,
according to an AFMC release.
The directorate is also overseeing the
heavy maintenance of two VC-25As, with delivery expected next August and
the interior refurbishment of the C-32 fleet, according to AFMC.
Additionally, the directorate recently took over life cycle management
of the VC-25A, C-12, C-21, C-32, C-37, C-40, and E-4B from the Mobility
and Training Aircraft Directorate, according to the release.
Force in July
awarded Boeing a $3.9 billion contract for the design, modification, testing, certification, and fielding of two 747-8is.
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