Some blog features are being tested today, with video of the VC-25 flyby of New York City. You can hear terrified New Yorkers yelling as the plane recklessly buzzes lower Manhattan. The specially outfitted Boeing 747-200's are not officially called "Air Force One" unless the President is aboard. How much carbon-filled exhaust was put into the atmosphere by this photo stunt?
Previously this blog has reported on progress with aviation and the 747. As these aircraft are getting older and difficult to maintain, the US is now seeking a new presidential aircraft. The leading contender is the fuel efficient 747-8, with the 787 also a possibility. While Boeing has orders for nearly 1000 of the 787, they have sold only 106 of the improved 747. Only 20 firm orders, from Lufthansa, are for the passenger version. 8 orders are for executive aircraft, probably to the Middle East, which may point the way to the next president's plane.