The Boeing 777 has been replaced by a new long-range helicopter that the US Air Forces says will save billions of dollars.
The Lockheed Martin-built Long’s H-1 NUI-FH-2 is the first new airframe in a decade to replace the Boeing 777, a plane that the Air Force said lost more than $3 billion on its maiden flight in 2007.
The long-haul jet is a significant upgrade of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and its predecessor, the 777.
The new aircraft, which is slated to be delivered in 2021, will be capable of reaching speeds of more than Mach 3, the same as the Boeing.
The aircraft’s wingspan is nearly 2,500 feet and it has a wingspan of more,836 feet.
The Air Force says the new aircraft will save more than 30 million gallons of fuel and more than 200 lives in a single flight.
In addition, the aircraft will have an increased range, as well as an improved safety record, said Lt.
Gen. Kevin Hines, who heads the air force’s F-35 program.