As Trump might also tweet: Sad!
A tweet this morning from President-elect Donald Trump.
The Wall Street Journal reported the U.S. Air Force uses a pair of modified 747-200 planes that have been in service since the administration of President George H.W. Bush, and those reach the planned end of their 30-year service life next year. The Journal reported Boeing has a contract to begin the development work to replace those aircraft with modern modified 747-800 jets.
Separately, the Air Force has about $1.65 billion — less than half the $4 billion figure Trump tweeted — earmarked across several budget years for the jets, which would be put into service in 2023 or 2024. But that might not be the full cost of the program, and NBC News reported Trump is likely correct about the overall price of the program.
The Journal also reported the Air Force was contemplating a third executive plane, which would bump up the price tag. Boeing’s stock dipped Tuesday morning and was down less than 1 percent by late morning, but had rebounded in the afternoon.
In its news release, Pond said the hangar would be based at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland and is part of the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization Program, the official name of the jet replacement project.
A request for comment from Pond officials was not immediately returned.
Pond is a noted planner for military and federal, state, and local government infrastructure projects. The firm has done extensive design work at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and community planning efforts across metro Atlanta.