New Air Force Unit 1 makes its first trip to the Middle East… The role of the presidential plane for 5 years


Air Force Unit 1, which serves as the presidential plane, has been replaced with a new plane.

The Blue House announced today (15th) that President Moon Jae-in took the new Air Force Unit 1 to tour three countries in the Middle East: the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

The Boeing 747-400 aircraft, which has been used as the Air Force No. 1 so far, will be retired after flying as a presidential aircraft for about 11 years and 9 months.

From February 2010 to January 10, 2022, through a lease contract, this plane flew 1,622,222 km in a total of 156 countries and performed its mission.

The distance traveled by the Moon Jae-in administration was 11,666 km across 51 countries.

The new Air Force Unit 1 is a Boeing 747-8i, which is about 5.58m in length and 59 tons in weight compared to the existing Unit 1.

The number of passengers on board is 213, an increase from the previous one, and the new engine has been installed to increase cruising speed and maximum flight distance.

In addition, soundproofing materials for private rooms and conference rooms were reinforced to reduce noise, and passenger comfort was improved by changing the seating system.

In particular, the Blue House reported that the name of the country, ‘Korea’, was engraved on the exterior with a typeface developed by reinterpreting a typeface that can preserve Korean traditions, such as the woodblock body of Yongbieocheonga and the typeface of the Declaration of Independence.

The new Unit 1 will serve as a dedicated aircraft for the next five years.

(Photo = Yonhap News)

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