Stitch wrote:And they're probably going to have to rip that interior out to the airframe itself (so not just the panels, but also the insulation blankets) in order to run all the wiring and such.
Not sure about AF1 but typically the insulation only gets removed if there are skin penetrations or skin/frame modifications to be done. All wiring are routed inside the blankets (keep them from freezing.)
The 747 would be a dream for wiring routing teams as there is much more space to route wiring. But you may be right with most of the interior blankets as they will be pretty much shot once the mod team finish with the aircraft that they might as well order a replacement set of blanket for the mod. At least Boeing still have their blanket shop in Everett, so getting replacement would not be too much of a headache.
USAF336TFS wrote:I always wondered why the USAF just didn't buy a couple of white tails a few years ago,
It was not up to the Air Force as congress held the purse. And as we all know, Congress can not think that far ahead.