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Singapore Airlines Airbus A380  (Source: Associated Press)

Lockheed Martin C-5 Galaxy  (Source: Air Mobility Command)

Air Force One
Boeing may have some competition when it comes to the replacement for Air Force One

Things are finally starting to look up for Airbus' troubled A380 superjumbo program. The first production A380 was delivered to Singapore Airlines on Monday in Toulouse, France. The plane was then flown from France to Changi Airport in Singapore where it will await final preparations for its first scheduled flight on October 25.

The A380, however, is making an even bigger splash in the news world for a completely different reason. Flight Global reports that the U.S. Air Force (USAF) is looking at the A380 as a replacement for two aircraft programs: a replacement for the Lockheed Martin C-5 Galaxy and as a replacement for the Boeing 747-200B (VC-25A) used as Air Force One.

The C-5 Galaxy made its maiden flight on June 30, 1968 and first entered service in June of 1970. The USAF Air Mobility Command (AMC) requested information on the A380F freighter last year as a possible replacement for use as a heavy military airlifter.

Plans to upgrade the existing C-5 Galaxy fleet are estimated to run 50 to 100 percent over budget according to the USAF and Airbus' new A380F would make an ideal, modern and cost-efficient platform.

In addition, the USAF is looking at the A380 as a replacement for the current Air Force One which was introduced in 1990. Boeing isn't giving up the fight, however. The company is well aware of the competitive efforts involved in finding a replacement for the VC-25A and is offering up a 747-8 which uses new wings and engines for increased fuel efficiency.

Boeing has provided jet-powered transportation for the President dating back to the Boeing 707 first used by John F. Kennedy.

Airbus' A380 superjumbo has been the subject of more than a few articles on DailyTech. The A380 was delayed in September of last year due to wiring problems -- a month later; Airbus announced that deliveries of the aircraft would be delayed by an entire year.

In November 2006, FedEx dumped the A380 and instead decided to go with Boeing's 777. A few months later in March 2007, UPS announced that it too would cancel its orders for the A380F. The UPS cancellation meant that Airbus had lost its last A380F customer.

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RE: I really doubt this will happen
By UNCjigga on 10/19/2007 1:35:46 PM , Rating: 3
Agreed--I don't think Airbus could win a contract for Air Force One. USAF is just including them in the bid process to keep Boeing on their toes.

However, it'd be interesting to see if Airbus chases the C-5 replacement contract. I would imagine the A380F was all but cancelled (as DT notes there are currently no customers.) But if American taxpayers can foot the bill for development, Airbus can build the A380F and woo international shippers back to the showroom. I'm sure there's enough pork in a defense contract for Airbus to design two planes (one mil-spec, one commercial) for the price of one! :)

RE: I really doubt this will happen
By ikkeman on 10/19/2007 1:52:56 PM , Rating: 2
no footing of bills nescecary. The A380F was almost done when the plug was pulled because airbus needed all availiable engineers for the rewiring isseus, and because the 747-8F promised to be good enough for the freight carriers (before these isseus, both UPs and Fedex (and a 3rd?) had 380F's on order)

RE: I really doubt this will happen
By Treckin on 10/25/2007 7:59:05 PM , Rating: 1
Im sure you could look at a basic PPC and see that at some point, pulling off certain types of engineers does little to expedite a mechanical problem...

The law a diminishing returns, as well as common sense; not ALL of the engineers working on the 380f would have any clue how to deal with a fucking wiring issue.

The project was nixed because it was no longer profitable. Period. Don’t over-analyze simple problems.

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