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#1132 2007-10-20 22:04 GMT-5 hours    
I´m not sure about this it sounds a bit unreal for me. But it would be a great sight to see the biggest aircraft in the world as Airforce One.
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#1133 2007-10-20 22:47 GMT-5 hours    
I don't think politics will ever allow this to happen. Besides, Air Force One is nowhere near getting replaced. They are used very little each month and are almost in new condition. They will probably fly for another 20-25 years before even getting close to replacement. Looks like somebody having fun with Airbus.

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#1137 2007-10-20 23:18 GMT-5 hours    
I think there would be a better chance of a Concorde being taken out of mothballs for that purpose.

As cool as it would be, I think the aircraft that carries the US President should be an American Design. Boeing 787?

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#1138 2007-10-21 08:18 GMT-5 hours    
An interesting story and the wording used is also quite subtle: "as a cargo freighter and as a large VIP transport in the Air Force One class", nothing there to specifically say that 'Air Force One' ie the presidential aircraft would be an A380. However the entourage which accompanies Air Force One on foreign visits is huge and an aircraft in the A380 size class would certainly be useful. Am I correct in thinking that currently a C-5 normally carries the armoured stretch limousines on such occasions? If so the C-5 fleet must be well stretched due to overseas military commitments at the moment.

Personally I think the USAF is applying a bit of pressure to Lockheed-Martin and Boeing, just to remind them that they are not the only potential suppliers of such aircraft, to make them 'try harder' perhaps?

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#1139 2007-10-21 14:36 GMT-5 hours    
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Personally I think the USAF is applying a bit of pressure to Lockheed-Martin and Boeing, just to remind them that they are not the only potential suppliers of such aircraft, to make them 'try harder' perhaps?



I think that is exactly what they are doing. Great call! There is no national loyalty to American products in America anymore. Consumers have price-loyalty, whatever is the cheapest is what they'll buy. Don't get me started...

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#1146 2007-10-22 15:37 GMT-5 hours    
To be honest I could see it happening but, i don't like the idea of our military or Air Force one using aircraft developed out side of our country if our own companiese can make a comparable aircraft.

I mean the USAF has not bought any other fighters in the last decade that other countrys use. The only aircraft that i can think of is the Harrier and that is now being built by boeing under contract with its British partner.

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#1897 2008-01-23 05:12 GMT-5 hours    
I think the aircraft carrying the US president must be American concept and i see the Air force One (basis in B747-200B) replacement for a new B747-400/ER or a B777-300/ER. But as Ray mentioned, will take 20 years at least.

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