New renderings show the interior of the supersonic presidential jet, designed by Exosonic, which could fly nearly twice as fast as noise and cut travel time in half.
Last year, it was revealed that the Pentagon had commissioned a prototype jet that could carry several high-ranking members of the executive branch – from cabinet officials to the First Lady.
The Air Force awarded Exosonic a 24-month contract worth $ 1 million after being impressed with the startup aerospace company’s concept for a jet that could fly at Mach 1.8 speeds’ supersonic over land and over water with a muffled sonic boom, ”the company’s website said.
The presidential jet is a 31-passenger version of the company’s concept for a 70-passenger commercial jet and could theoretically reach speeds of 1,380 mph.
Last year, it was revealed that the Pentagon had commissioned a prototype jet that could carry several senior members of the executive branch
The Air Force awarded Exosonic a 24-month contract worth $ 1 million after being impressed with the start-up space company’s concept for a jet that could fly over land at Mach 1.8 speeds due to its low-boom technology .
The presidential plane is a 31-passenger version of the company’s concept for a 70-passenger commercial jet and could theoretically reach speeds of 1,380 mph
The first business suite can accommodate three passengers and allows video conferencing to be held securely in-flight
A second suite for seniors and guests can accommodate eight passengers who can work together and rest. It has seats that lie flat to allow passengers to sleep on board
Stephanie Chahan, Exosonic’s chief aircraft designer, said one of the main strengths of the interior design is its cabin flexibility to accommodate a variety of different passengers – unlike Air Force One, the president’s aircraft.
“It needs to be flexible enough to fit into a number of different missions, if ever in use,” Chahan told DailyMail.com.
“So it has to be modular enough for the Secretary of Defense to meet the First Lady’s requirements – whatever their requirements may be – and those requirements can vary significantly.”
CNN Travel noted that the plane could mainly be used as Air Force Two – which carries the vice president.
The jet features two private suites and luxurious furnishings and materials, including quartz counters and exits floors, as well as a wool-silk blend carpet – materials “often not seen on corporate jets,” Chahan said.
The custom rugs come from Michigan-based American manufacturer Scott Group Studio, which previously produced rugs in the White House Oval Office for President Joe Biden and former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama.
The first business suite can accommodate three passengers and allows video conferencing to be held securely in-flight.
A second suite for seniors and guests can accommodate eight passengers who can work together and rest. It has seats that lie flat to allow passengers to sleep on board.
The aircraft also has 20 business class passenger seats, with two galleys and two bathrooms.
“With this concept, we plan to implement new technologies that are not available today or that you don’t (yet) see in commercial or corporate jets,” Chahan told CNN Travel.
It was not immediately clear what those new technologies might include.
The plane also has 20 business-class passenger seats, with two galleys and two bathrooms, Exosonic said
One of the main strengths of the interior design is the cabin flexibility to accommodate a variety of different passengers – unlike Air Force One, the President’s plane
Chahan told DailyMail.com that the cabin’s design and blue and white color were inspired by the executive and the peregrine falcon – a bird known for its speed – making the cabin “ neutral and soothing. ”
The aircraft, which has a range of 5,000 nautical miles, is expected to fly by the mid-2030s.
Air Force One, the highly customized Boeing 747-200B series aircraft, described as a three-tiered ‘flying Oval Office’, is currently one of the fastest aircraft in the world. It can travel at a top speed of 600 mph, which is almost the speed of sound.
In flight, Air Force One can reach a maximum altitude of 45,100 ft.
In comparison, a commercial airliner usually reaches about 9,000 meters.
It is built to support the weight of up to 70 passengers, as well as living quarters for the President, his senior advisers, Secret Service officers, reporters and guests.
The current version of the aircraft also covers an area of 4,000 square feet, including a conference room, offices, and premium electronics for the President to work with in flight.
Air Force One also has two food preparation galleys, a doctor on board each flight, and a medical operating room.
There are currently two Air Force One aircraft in service. The aircraft carries the tail codes 28000 and 29000.
The current planes were bought when Ronald Reagan was president. They were first enlisted in the administration of Reagan’s successor, George HW Bush.
A few years ago, Boeing decided to discontinue production of the 747-200 series. This made it difficult to replace the parts of the aircraft.
During Barack Obama’s second tenure, he ordered the construction of a replacement fleet that would be modeled after the new 747-8 series.
In July 2018, Boeing received a $ 3.9 billion contract to build two 747-8 aircraft for use as Air Force One by the President, to be delivered and painted red, white and blue by December 2024.
Designed as an airborne White House capable of flying in the most adverse security scenarios, such as nuclear war, the Boeing 747-8s have been upgraded with military avionics, advanced communications and a self-defense system.