Ok, First off, I will say that I am aware that the VC-25s have lots of life left in them, so do not tell me "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Also, My question really isn't when as in the next few years, but more like how much longer do they plan to use the VC-25As as the presidential aircraft.
Ok, Now in the past, Most presidents would pick their aircraft such as Harry Truman and the C-118, and Ike and the VC-121, and C-121, but after they got the 707s, the presidents no longer picked the aircraft they wanted to fly. I know that over the years, the Army-Air Force has furnished the following aircraft as presidential aircraft. C-87A, C-54, C-118, C-121, VC-121, VC-137, VC-137C, VC-25A, and C-32. So, they got the twin VC-25A aircraft 82-8000, and 92-9000 in 1990 which replaced the 2 VC-137C aircraft that were delivered in 1962, and 197_?. It seems like the VC-137C 72-7000 was only 19 years old when they replaced it. Well, The VC-25As are coming up on their 14th birthdays soon, so my question is when they hit 20 does the USAF plan on purchasing new 747s or maybe the 7E7. I know this questions irks some people, but I feel like with the deficit that GWB has gotten us in, those VC-25As may be in the fleet for many many years to come. I know they came with standard 747-200B flight decks (which the air force has since fitted with Glass Flight Decks), but as they are constantly being upgraded and maintained for ready use 24/7, Does anyone think that the VC-25s could be around for another 45-50 years? Any information will be appreciated.