ZaphodHarkonnen wrote:It's worth noting that after 9/11 the US discovered the comunication suite was actually lacking in the more mundane areas. Remember how Bush had to land to do a televised speech? That was all quickly fixed afterwards.
9/11 was the when Boeing started working the Wedgetail program (737 AEW&C). Other than some minor improvements, the communication suite used on the Wedgetail is basically what is used on the P-8A. The computing system however, has advanced quite a bit between the two aircrafts. The other improvement would probably be in the increase in capacity of bandwidth in digital communication among the assets.
The computation power and communication required on the P-8A or 737 AEW&C are probably more than what the Presidential aircraft may will need ( AF1 do not need to track 100 simultaneous targets while coordinating attack vectors off all the friendlies in the area). So I would suggest that all that communication and computing equipment for the presidential aircraft can fit in the back of the hump or in the attic space of a 747.