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Pentagon chooses Boeing 747-8 for President’s Air Force One fleet

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon has chosen Boeing’s 747-8 to replace President’s Air Force One fleet serving United States (US) presidents for log times.

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said in a statement that the plane, one of Boeing’s largest, is the only aircraft manufactured in the United States.

The plane required necessary modifications to make it ready for presidential flights, including the addition of sophisticated communication equipment and living quarters for the President and his staff.

The plane itself is a rarity — declining demand for the 747-8 has slowed its production to just 1.5 planes per month, according to Bloomberg.

James said that “parts obsolescence, diminishing manufacturing sources and increased down times for maintenance” are all persistent issues that contribute to the need for a new fleet.

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