The intent of the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization (PAR) Program is to replace the aging VC-25A aircraft fleet. The VC-25A is the military version of the Boeing 747-200 aircraft. These aircraft are currently used to transport the President of the United States, as well as other senior leaders. The aircraft goes by the call sign Air Force One when the President is on board. The current fleet is reaching the end of their services lives, which requires increased maintenance time and costs.
The Air Force proposes to replace the VC-25A with the Boeing 747-8, a 4-engine, wide-bodied commercial aircraft, which will be modified to fit Air Force’s needs. This aircraft will be configured to allow the President to fulfill the roles of Chief Executive, Commander in Chief, and Head of State while on board.
Existing facilities at Joint Base Andrews do not currently meet the basing and operational requirements of the larger replacement 747-8. To accommodate the new aircraft at Joint Base Andrews, the Air Force proposes to construct a new Presidential Hangar Complex “PAR Complex” with a multi-bay hangar, make necessary facilities improvements and relocate existing facilities displaced by PAR activities.
The proposed asset relocations include:
Hazardous Cargo Pad (HCP): The existing HCP could be displaced by the PAR Complex. In the Final EIS, the Air Force has considered various options for its relocation: two options are in the Southwest corner of the base, five are in the Southeast, and one is on Taxiway C.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Proficiency Range: An EOD facility at Joint Base Andrews would share similar mission requirements to the HCP and the Air Force is planning to co-locate one in proximity to proposed HCP Southeast options.
Military Working Dog (MWD) Kennel: Depending on the HCP relocation option selected, as well as noise levels surrounding the new PAR Complex, the existing kennel may need to be relocated.
Joint Air Defense Operations Center (JADOC) Satellite Site: must be relocated from the PAR Complex footprint to maintain explosives safety stand-off distances.
Courses at Andrews: Each PAR Complex Alternative, as well as the HCP Southwest Option, could impact the Golf Courses.
The Air Force is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement to analyze reasonable alternatives for implementing the Air Force’s PAR program at JBA, including a No-Action alternative.
The EIS has been prepared in accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969; 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Parts 1500-1508, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations implementing NEPA; and the Air Force Environmental Impact Analysis Process (EIAP) [32 CFR Part 989]. For more information on the NEPA process, visit the Public Involvement page.