New Air Force One Jets To Have 1,200 Nautical Miles Less Range Than Originally Required
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June 10, 2019 - by JOSEPH TREVITHICK for thedrive.com
Details about this reduced requirement, among others, have emerged along with news that the White House wants the planes delivered sooner.
A new Pentagon report to Congress reportedly says that the two future Air Force One replacement aircraft, which won't have a mid-air refueling capability, will have an approximate maximum range that is over 1,000 miles less than originally planned.
The pair of modified Boeing 747-8is, which will be designated VC-25Bs, will have a number of other reduced capabilities compared to the original requirements, even as it appears that the program's costs have grown.
These revelations all come as President Donald Trump's Administration is seeking to speed up delivery of the planes and maybe even change their iconic blue-and-white paint scheme.
Bloomberg was first to reveal the new details on June 7, 2019, citing a copy of one of the most recent Selected Acquisition Reports, a U.S. military review of major acquisition programs that it provides to lawmakers on a regular basis.
The document, which is reportedly unclassified, but marked "For Official Use Only," says the original range requirement for the VC-25Bs was approximately 7,100 nautical miles. Now the Air Force expects that planes will only be able to fly 5,900 nautical miles...