U.S President Donald Trump announced a change to Air Force One’s paint job.
He envisions a patriotic red, white and blue aircraft, which will demonstrate the look of being “more American”, Trump stated in an interview with CBS.
Trump made these comments in an interview that was taped in Scotland last weekend and aired Tuesday.
“Boeing gave us a good deal and we were able to take that. But I said, I wonder if we should use the same baby blue colors? And we’re not.
It's going to be the top of the line, the top in the world”
-Trump’s statement on Tuesday
AF1’s traditional light blue and white color scheme may be coming to an end. It has been signature since President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy designed it in 1962, and has since symbolized America.
JFK and Jacqueline Kennedy arrive in Houston on November 21, 1963, less than a day before his assassination (Reagan Library).
In February 2018, President Trump made deal worth $3.9 billion for a pair of replacement Boeing 747s for use as Air Force One with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg. Officials said it represents a $1.4 billion in savings from estimates of over $5 billion for two airplanes and related costs.
Trump wants the presidential bed aboard Air Force One to be larger and more comfortable — more like the executive livery package on his personal plane than the current, couch-like sleeping configuration aboard Air Force One.
Trump told CBS that after nearly three decades, the plane was long overdue for an upgrade.
One catch to the proposal is that new planes reportedly won’t be ready until 2021, so he’d have to be re-elected in order to fly aboard an aircraft sporting the new color scheme and interior improvements.
Photos from TheAvgeek staff