Israel’s new ‘Air Force One’ said to have emergency operating room onboard
Israel’s version of “Air Force One,” which is being restored after it was packed into storage by the previous government without ever having been used, will have an emergency operating room, the Ynet news site reports.
The report says that the plane’s meeting room can convert into a medical facility “with the touch of a button” if life-saving emergency surgery needs to be carried out.
The report says the feature mimics that of the original US Air Force One, the plane that carries the American president.
However, the report notes the plane is not fancy at all and that most of its seats are “very old.”
The aircraft is completing a series of test flights before finally being put into service.
The approximately NIS 750 million ($241 million) project, dubbed “Wing of Zion,” took years to outfit and was intended to be used by Israeli heads of state for official business. But neither former prime ministers Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid, nor President Isaac Herzog touched the plane, which was commissioned under, and closely associated with, current premier Benjamin Netanyahu during his previous term in office.