First Ex-Korean Air Boeing 747-8 Destined for ‘Doomsday’ Conversion Has Received US Registration | Aviation

The B-747-8, with new registration N747US, was spotted outside Sierra Nevada hangar at Dayton International Airport during the 2024 CenterPoint Energy Dayton Air Show.

Last month, Korean Air disclosed plans to sell five of its Boeing 747-8 aircraft to U.S. aerospace firm Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC). This deal, valued at 918 billion Korean won (about $674 million), was said to support Korean Air’s strategy to replace older planes with newer models and is expected to be finalized by September 2025.

As we reported, the aircraft were probably purchased by SNC as part of the Survivable Airborne Operations Center (SAOC) program. In fact, Sierra Nevada Corporation recently secured a $13 billion contract from the U.S. Air Force to develop the SOAC which will replace the E-4B Nightwatch, also known as the “Doomsday plane” for its nuclear war and emergency command roles.

The new SAOC will be a specialized version of a commercial aircraft: while no confirmation were provided when the contract was announced, the most likely candidate for the conversion were second-hand Boeing 747-8, given the requirement for a four-engine plane, and the Boeing 747…

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