President of the US Joe Biden has chosen the livery design for the brand new VC-25B that can be delivered in 2027.
The U.S Air Drive unveiled on March 10, 2023, the livery chosen by the President of the US Joe Biden for the brand new Air Drive One. The choice marks a change of route for the paint of the plane, reversing the choice of former President Donald Trump in 2019 who chosen a purple, white and blue livery, and retains the long-lasting design that made the VC-25A the most recognizable military aircraft on the planet.
The brand new design carefully resembles the livery of the present Air Drive One, with a contemporary search for the twenty first century. Whereas accounting for the VC-25B’s larger 747-8i aircraft, the VC-25B livery has three main variations with the VC-25A’s livery. The sunshine blue on VC-25B is a barely deeper, extra trendy tone than VC-25A’s robin’s egg blue. Moreover, the VC-25B engines will use the darker blue from the cockpit space vice the VC-25A’s robin’s egg blue. Lastly, there is no such thing as a polished steel part on the VC-25B as a result of trendy business plane pores and skin alloys don’t enable for it.
The press release from the Secretary of the Air Drive Public Affairs supplied some particulars on the rationale why the purple, white and blue livery was rejected, resulting in the choice of one other livery. In reality, after it was publicly expressed as a most well-liked livery in 2019, a thermal research concluded the darkish blue within the design would require further Federal Aviation Administration qualification testing for a number of business elements because of the added warmth in sure environments.
As we already reported, the 30-year outdated Boeing VC-25A plane are at the moment being changed by a brand new VC-25B variant, based on the Boeing 747-8 aircraft, with projected deliveries in 2027 for the primary plane and 2028 for the second plane, three years later than anticipated. In the mean time, the Air Drive mentioned it stays postured to maintain VC-25A, which faces functionality gaps, rising upkeep prices, and components obsolescence, obtainable and mission-ready till supply of the VC-25B.
A proper contractual determination for a VC-25B livery was not required till this yr for Boeing to conduct engineering, certification preparation, and provider choice actions for this system. The plane can be uniquely modified to offer the POTUS, workers, and visitors with secure and dependable air transportation with the equal degree of communications functionality and safety obtainable within the White Home. Modifications to the plane will embody electrical energy upgrades, a mission communication system, a medical facility, an govt inside, a self-defense system, and autonomous floor operations capabilities.