Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump orders a bold paint job for new Air Force One

Trump orders a bold paint job for new Air Force One

'Anyone who doubts how strongly Americans feel about the way Air Force One looks should go to the Reagan Library in California and see how many people go there to look at the plane that Ronald Reagan flew on while he was President, ' he said.

In an interview with CBS News, Trump said that two new replacements of the presidential jet due to be unveiled in several years will be painted red, white and blue, in a departure from the plane's current light blue color scheme.

Technically, Air Force One is used to describe any Air Force aircraft carrying the president, but since the middle of the 20th century, it has become standard practice to use the term to refer to one of two highly customized Boeing 747-200B series planes.

He boasted that he helped negotiate a great deal with Boeing, saving the country $1.5 billion.

"Boeing gave us a good deal". And we were able to take that.

"Red, white and blue", Mr. Trump said.

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Air Force One will be largely for future presidents to use and enjoy, he said.

Air Force One's iconic blue-and-white color scheme may be on the way out.

The military version of the 747, which the Air Force designates the VC-25, is dubbed Air Force One whenever the commander-in-chief is aboard.

"You know Air Force One is 30 years old", Trump said. "But I said, 'I wonder if we should use the same baby blue colors?' And we're not", Trump told the network during the interview, which was recorded in Scotland. "And it's going to be red, white and blue, which I think is appropriate". He lambasted initial plans for the update shortly after his election, tweeting in 2016 that costs were "out of control" and threatening to cancel the order.

The Pentagon announced the decision on Tuesday, saying Seattle-based Boeing's previously awarded contract for development work had been expanded to include design, modification and fielding of two mission-ready presidential 747-8 aircraft. "It's a very complex project".

A White House aide told earlier this month that Trump has "always wanted" to have a real bed on Air Force One for long-haul trips.

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