Boeing Wichita workers last week celebrated the completion of the modification of a VC-25 — a modified 747 commonly known as Air Force One when the president is on board.
The modification’s completion was reported in an internal Boeing magazine. Boeing Wichita spokesman Jarrod Bartlett declined to say what modifications were made to the airplane.
“We are working in a constrained environment, and this program has persevered and come through with amazing color,” U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Schmidt told a group of 200 employees, according to the magazine.
It’s been 20 years this month since Air Force One flew for the first time. On Sept. 6, 1990, President George Bush took the maiden flight to Topeka to attend a fund-raiser for then Kansas Gov. Mike Hayden. Up until then, presidents flew in modified 707s.