In 2015, the U.S. Air Force announced that it had selected Boeing to build the next generation of Air Force One aircraft. Two new aircraft will be built and will enter service in 2024. The defense department estimates that the two new planes will cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $4 billion. In December 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced that costs for the project were out of control and he would cancel the plane order once he took office. Proponents of the new planes argue that the current planes used for Air Force One will be fifty years old in 2021 and spare parts for the old planes are becoming hard to find.
The planes need to be upgraded, but the cost overruns should be handled by negotiations with Boeing based upon current Federal Acquistion Regulations guidelines. However, it is my understanding that Boeing recently agreed to pick up most of the cost overruns.
No, make sure all necessary equipment that is needed is provided, but some of the cost that put us in debt needs to be made up. If there is an emergency though we should upgrade to ensure we have all the newest technology and best things to use.
Without knowing the average life cycle of a commercial airplane, it is impossible for me to say what is appropriate. 50 years seems like a long time to keep a plane in service. At the same time, I would assume that AFO has been impeccably maintainted and upgraded continuously.
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