AIR FORCE ONE GETS HIGH MARKS IN FIRST YEAR OF SERVICE
AIR FORCE ONE GETS HIGH MARKS IN FIRST YEAR OF SERVICE WICHITA, Kan., Dec. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The second of two Boeing
747 "Air Force One" aircraft was delivered a year ago today, and the new presidential carriers have earned an impressive reputation since then. That reputation includes a 100 percent "dispatch reliability rate," which means Air Force One has been available to fly the president without delays - no late takeoffs and no aborted missions - since entering service.
Boeing Air Force One product support manager Ernie Goodnight says the exceptional performance record is due to two key factors: "It's a great airplane and it's had superb maintenance." Maintenance is provided by the 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews Air Force Base, which is responsible for flying the president. Logistics support - which includes supplying parts, support equipment and technical expertise - is provided by Boeing Defense & Space Group's Product Support Division here. The work is done under contract from the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, which manages the Air Force One logistics program for the Air Force. At Andrews Air Force Base, Senior Master Sgt. Richard Tritinger is maintenance superintendent with the 89th Airlift Wing. His crew is proud of its work. "We are like a small, self-contained airport, except that our passenger list is the most important in the world," said Tritinger. Boeing has 20 employees on location at Andrews - part of the Contractor Operated and Managed Base Supply (COMBS) operated by the Boeing Product Support Division. These employees are skilled in all aspects of aircraft support work, and they are available around the clock - holidays and weekends, too - to assist the 89th's operations. COMBS manager Forrest Wright said that his group counts on help from other Boeing locations in getting the job done. When a recent part requirement threatened a scheduled mission, Boeing in Seattle responded immediately. "The part was supplied in less than eight hours, we got it to the maintenance people at the 89th and they got it on the airplane," Wright said. A warehouse at Andrews is stocked with more than 300,000 parts for Air Force One. Richard Martin, Air Force One logistics support manager with the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, oversees the parts inventory via a computer system that links Andrews, Oklahoma City and Wichita. "Our on-line system tells us exactly what is available for the airplane at any given time," said Martin. "It allows me to make instant decisions about what parts to replace or to add." This has all contributed to the new Air Force One aircraft being available to fly the president on-time, 100 percent of the time, in the first year of service. "Teamwork is crucial in supporting one of the most important airplanes in the world," said John Dempster, Boeing Product Support Division vice president and general manager. "We are proud to be part of that team,
along with the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center and the 89th. The airplane is performing exceptionally well, and we'll continue working together to assure it always does."
The term Air Force One is the radio call sign used when an airplane is carrying the president. The first of the two new presidential aircraft was delivered in August 1990. -0- 12/20/91 /CONTACT: Carolyn Russell of Boeing, 316-526-3902/ CO: Boeing ST: Kansas IN: AIR SU:
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