Discussions Continue on Air Force One Redesign
President Donald J. Trump recently confirmed changes are in store for Air Force One, noting that the presidential plane will be completely updated, which includes a new paint scheme.
According to CBS, the new colors for the plane’s exterior will be red, white and blue. Trump said he wanted a color scheme that looked “more American" and isn't what the president described as a "Jackie Kennedy color.”
Air Force One Update
Air Force One is a name used to describe any Air Force aircraft that carries the president, but since the middle of the 20th century, the name has most frequently been used in reference to specific aircraft that are equipped to transport the commander-in-chief. Currently, Air Force One consists of two customized Boeing 747-200B series aircraft.
In February, the White House announced that, after years of negotiation between Boeing and the Air Force, Trump had worked out a $3.9 billion deal with the company for the new planes. "I was able to save $1.5 billion and order a new one for the country," Trump told CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor. In December, the president tweeted that costs were "out of control, more than $4 billion."
Trump noted that the current model is 30 years old, and that the new planes being built will likely be used by presidents after him.
"By the time it gets built, I hate to say this, it’s going to be a long time," Trump said. "It’s a very complex project. But by the time it gets built, you’re going to have many presidents hopefully use it and enjoy it."
These changes could cause friction with the Air Force, according to Axios, as some top officers like the current look. The design is “known around the world.”
Other than a new paint job, the president also wants the bed aboard Air Force One to be larger and more comfortable, more in line with the package on his personal plane than the current, couch-like sleeping configuration aboard the presidential plane.
The planes are slated for completion by 2021.