Written with John Hughes
The search is on for a new presidential plane.
Air Force Material Command issued an announcement canvassing the aerospace community for a new presidential aircraft today, according to a government website.
Boeing since 1962 has built the plane designated as Air Force One when the president is aboard.
The announcement seeks to “identify potential sources that possess the expertise, capability and experience to deliver the Air Force One replacement,” Air Force spokesman Edward Gulick said in an e-mailed statement.
The current VC-25 aircraft used as Air Force One was designed with 1960s analog technology. It will reach its planned 30-year service life in 2017, Gulick said.
“There comes a point when it costs the taxpayer more to operate and maintain older, unique aircraft than it would to procure new ones,” he said.