The authorities is investing a great deal of money to make Air Drive Two glimpse as sleek as Air Drive One particular — for its passengers.
Boeing just bought a deal for $16 million to renovate one particular of the jets typically utilised by the vice president to make it more like the president’s on the inside. “The C-32A interior needs are for an visual appearance more commensurate with presidential area of the VC-25A,” the deal announcement on the Division of Defense’s web-site claimed. Translation: The plane that flies Mike Pence, Very first Girl Melania Trump and at times the president himself need to glimpse more like Air Drive One particular.
The twin-engine C-32As are militarized versions of the Boeing 757s in huge use by all three US legacy airlines. The VC-25As, aka Air Drive One particular, are the well-known presidential version of the Boeing 747.
C-32s typically fly the vice president — and when that occurs, they use the contact sign Air Drive Two — to start with girl, and secretary of condition they are also utilised by the president at locations wherever the runway is way too shorter to accommodate the considerably bigger VC-25A. The protection secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at times use the C-32s as nicely.
The C-32 cabins function interiors comparable to that of professional 757s, but with some vital differentiators: The “first-course section” of each individual C-32 is outfitted with communications technological innovation created to assist stay in make contact with with military commands. The up coming area capabilities a sofa that unfolds into a mattress, as nicely as a desk with seating on both facet. Up coming, senior staffers have entry to cozy seats and conference tables, while regular professional-design and style seating accommodates crew and customers of the press in the aft area of each individual aircraft, according to Defense One particular.
The $16 million becoming spent on spiffing up one particular of the C-32 will come on top of the $18 million spent final year to renovate a different one particular. In full, that helps make $34 million to refurbish two airplanes anticipated to be phased out soon — the Pentagon has previously commenced the lookup for a alternative of the twenty five-year-outdated planes.
Air Drive One particular is becoming changed, way too. The two VC-25As will be phased out in a couple yrs, as before long as the two replacements are all set. The Pentagon is spending $3.nine billion to acquire and convey up to army standard two Boeing 747-8s, the latest model of the Jumbo Jet. Last thirty day period, President Donald Trump formally announced strategies to make Air Drive One particular glimpse more “American” with a purple, white and blue color redesign.
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