DL767captain From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2539 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3235 times:
I'm talking about the 742's, 752's, and 737's
Air Force One is a 742 which is pretty old, but how many cycles do these planes have left? It seems like a 748 order could be coming soon to replace these.
The 757's seem old and small, could a 787 be a replacement, or since it looks like boeing will get the 767 tanker contract could the government order a couple new 767's to replace the 757's?
The 737's seem like they are new and updated but anything wrong with them?
BladeLWS From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 403 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3228 times:
The VC-25A's (742's) are the best maintained 747's in the world, period. They are not used half as much as other 747's, and are continuously upgraded and checked over daily (such as a 744 style cockpit etc etc). They will be around for at least another decade.
Same goes for the 757's and 737's. The 757's just got winglets, so they will be around for a while also.
So basically the government is going along the lines of, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. We'll be seeing the current VC-25A's in the skies for quite a while to come.
EBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3065 times:
Quoting DL767captain (Thread starter): The 757's seem old and small, could a 787 be a replacement, or since it looks like boeing will get the 767 tanker contract could the government order a couple new 767's to replace the 757's?
Even if the 787 is added to the Special Air Missions (SAM) fleet, I'd be surprised to see the 757s go away. As has been mentioned earlier, these airplanes are well maintained and they tend to be used for years. So why add the 787? To fly the flag with a newer high tech SAM airplane, of course. But you can be sure there probably wouldn't be but a few ordered.