The U.S. Air Force trimmed $500 million off the estimated cost of Boeing’s new Air Force One through a careful requirements scrub that wrapped up in November 2016—months before President Donald Trump took office and asserted he had personally slashed the price of the new aircraft by $1 billion. The U.S. Air Force has worked closely with the White House since 2013 to cut costs on a new presidential aircraft, newly designated VC-25B, to replace the aging 747-200s that now ...

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