No, Mr. Trump. Do not cancel the plan for a new Air Force One

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President-elect Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he thinks the Air Force should end procurement of the next version of Air Force One, which is based on Boeing’s latest version of the iconic Boeing 747, because it’s too pricey. 

Doing this would be, shall we say, very bad. Sad even!

Not only is that interpretation wrong, there are two great, if interrelated, reasons for keeping the procurement open: We need a new plane. And jobs.

Do we need a new Air Force One? 

The answer is unequivocally yes, since the current version of Air Force One is getting old, having entered service in 1990, during the presidency of George H.W. Bush. The age is showing, with higher costs to operate the plane (about $200,000 per hour, according to CNN), and the necessity of fuel stops on long trips, such as Washington to Tokyo. According to Boeing, such stops would not be needed if the new 747 were used. Read more…

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This is possibly the cutest military blimp ever

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People have been spotting a military blimp up in the sky that the Singapore Air Force just started testing.

The blimp, made by U.S. manufacturer TCOM, is radar-equipped and is meant to add an extra set of eyes to alert the military to possible threats, the Straits Times reported.

The 55m (180 ft) helium-filled aircraft can see up to 200km (124 miles) away, and will eventually operate 24/7.

People have been surprised to see it in the skies, and some have pointed out how cute the roundish balloon looks, compared with other sharper-edged compatriots.

Look at how cute our military blimp is pic.twitter.com/5upbW6S26H

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