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Presidential jet getting repainted in Texas

Friday - 3/21/2014, 5:11pm  ET

One of the planes used as Air Force One sits at a maintenance hangar at Meacham Airport in Fort Worth, Thursday, March 20, 2014. A spokesperson said the plane is in Fort Worth for repainting as part of a year-long heavy maintenance cycle. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Jason Miles) MAGS OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- A wide-body jet that serves as Air Force One when President Barack Obama is aboard has landed in North Texas for a paint job.

The iconic Boeing 747 that bears the words "United States of America" landed Thursday at Fort Worth Meacham (MEE'-chum) International Airport.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ( ) reports Leading Edge Aviation Services, Inc. will work on the jet with the tail number 28000.

Boeing spokeswoman Jennifer Hogan says the aircraft is completing a yearlong heavy maintenance cycle and is in Fort Worth to be repainted. Hogan says the jet will be returned to presidential service after inspections and flight tests.

No schedule was provided for updating the jet's famed blue and white paint scheme.




Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram,

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