SXFAN From Greece, joined Jan 2004, 371 posts, RR: 14 Posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7479 times:
Do you believe that the A380 can become the new Air Force One?
If yes what kind of electronic goodies and equipment do you think that it will carry? And which is going to be the amount of luxury added on this extremely special aircraft?
Please unleash your creative imagination and add your comments.
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16558 posts, RR: 66
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 7235 times:
Even if Boeing went bankrupt, I think they would rather buy an Il-96 than a Europlane. Or you'd have the President and his Lear or Cessna:D
And even if Boeing went bankrupt, they could buy a pair of used 744s and use them for 30+ years. Besides which, the current VC-25As are nowhere near replacement. They don't really work that much and they are maintained obsessively.
"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots." - from Citadel by John Ringo
CruzinAltitude From United States of America, joined May 2004, 415 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 7225 times:
Yes it can,
If the Pres ever happened to fly on one (for some very odd reason). But that is about as likely as a Cessna 152 becoming AF 1 for a day.
As far as the US Gov purchasing a A380 for the next AF 1, I truly think it would have to be a VERY cold day in hell for that to happen. Don't get me wrong, I look forward to seeing the SuperJumbo land at LAX some time in the not so distant future, but any President that purchased an A380 will have lost their reelection.
EALSYS1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 229 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6797 times:
The 707 based AF1 was flown for 30 years. The present AF1 is only about 12-13 years old. Why on earth would anyone replace it yet? While it may be based on the 742, it is still state of the art. The built in electronic countermeasures and technology that we as civilians will NEVER see also guarantee its longevity! The amount of money spent on developing the current AF1 means we'll probably see it around for a LONG time!
Rj777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1706 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6336 times:
When the US Gov't asked for candidates for the (current) AF1, it was between the 747 and the DC-10. I don't ever remember any airbus plane even being in the running. Obviously, the 747 won out. It would've been cool to see a DC-10 as the presidential plane though.
CitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2357 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (9 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6181 times:
I seriously doubt it for many reasons:
The plane is too big.
It would be political suicide to endorse that product.
The risk of electronic bugging during assembly (remember the US embassy in Russia).
The current 747 probably has probably 20 more years of service.