FSB-Pond JV to design $250m hangar for future 'Air Force One' aircraft


The Frankfurt Short Bruza Associates(FSB)-Pond joint venture (JV) has received a contract from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Washington to design a hangar for the future Air Force One aircraft.

The $250m Presidential Aircraft Recapitalisation (PAR) Complex will host the proposed Boeing 747-8, which will be modified to fit the US Air Force's (USAF) requirements.

Powered by four engines, the wide-bodied commercial aircraft will be used for carrying US President.

Under the contract, the company will provide architectural and engineering services for the PAR Complex.

FSB will provide architect and engineer of record services for the aviation facility, while Pond will provide engineer of record services for all site, infrastructure and fuelling systems.

The current fleet of VC-25A aircraft fleet which is the military version of the Boeing 747-200 aircraft is being replaced as part of the PAR programme.

However, US President-elect Donald Trump has recently called on the government to scrap the order for new Air Force One from Boeing in order to cut expenses.

"Powered by four engines, the wide-bodied commercial aircraft will be used for carrying US President."

On Twitter, Trump said that plans for the new Air Force One must be cancelled as the project is costing more than $4bn, according to media sources.

FSB provides services to flightline facilities across the US including aircraft hangar facilities for clients ranging from the Department of Defense to Commercial Airlines.

Fuelling, airfield, and aerospace design firm, Pond has so far completed more than 2,000 fuelling projects and 120 airfield projects across 460 base and civilian locations worldwide, including Joint Base Andrews.


Image: The Air Force One aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Frankfurt Short Bruza Associate.