The Air Force will base the next presidential
transport, call sign Air Force One, on the Boeing 747-8, the service announced
Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) pressed Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh during
Wednesday’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to publically support
airmen’s rights to communicate with members of Congress.
Despite there being only a “single known
supplier”—USAF’s new buzz phrase for “sole source”—for the new Air Force One,
the service is looking to compete as much of the program as possible, Secretary
Deborah Lee James said Wednesday.
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