Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10818 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1582 times:
"A 744 disguised as a 742", you mean...
The two (747-)AF-1s have the 744 GE-engines what is very distinctive to other 742s.
By the way: At the end of the 747 Classic production-line Boeing produced some 747s that already had some features of the 747-400, like Egyptair´s pair of 743s, Martinair´s 742F, LH´s last 742F and All Nippon´s last 742s with the 744 wingroot or Varig´s last 743s with the new GE-engines.
Citation From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1562 times:
The basis of the AF1 is 747-200, not the -300. I worked on the Air Force One project for Boeing in Wichita, Kansas for a few months in the late 80s. The AF did not want the 747-300 even though it was certified at the time of the bid proposal submittals. The -300 did not have enough service experience to meet the bid proposal specifications. The competition was between the DC-10 and the 747-200.
BTW, the only reason the 747-200 AF1 has in flight refueling capability is because the DC-10 couldn't meet the AF1 range requirement, so the AF revised the spec to require all bidders to include in flight refueling (and keep the DC-10 in the competition) even though the 747-200 did not need refueling to meet the requirement.