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US Air Force, Boeing begin work on new Air Force One

Air Force One costs about $180,000 an hour to fly and provides the president with a spacious office, a meeting room and a health center that can even be converted into an operating theaterAir force officials and Boeing engineers have started the years-long process of replacing Air Force One, the legendary aircraft that whisks the American president and his entourage around the world. The Pentagon last week approved the first of a series of contracts with Boeing, the US aerospace giant chosen to convert a pair of its 747-8 jumbo jets — there are actually two Air Force Ones — into state-of-the-art, luxury command centers. Air Force One is an instantly recognizable emblem of American power.

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