Donald Trump: New Air Force One Will Be Red, White, and Blue

18 Juillet, 2018, 03:22 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Air Force One is set for a new look.     Source 1 NEWS

Air Force budget documents released in February for fiscal year 2019 disclosed a $3.9 billion cost for the two-aircraft program.

Donald Trump has confirmed that the new Air Force One presidential jets will be painted red, white and blue.

The contract followed the outlines of the informal deal reached between Boeing and the White House in February.

Former President John F Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy selected the current colour scheme in the 1960s.

The new paint job for a global symbol of US power would replace the blue, light blue and white color scheme that dates to the Kennedy era.

Critics have said the change casts aside an iconic American look and on Twitter, many pointed out that Russia's presidential plane also has a red, white and blue design. "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. Trump put the spotlight on Air Force One shortly before taking office when he criticized Boeing Co. for the expense of the converted 747 jumbo jets.

The president said the new redesign "is going to be incredible", "top of the line", and "top in the world".

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The current Air Force One model has been used for the past three decades.

"I hate to say this, it's gonna be a long time". However, those planes aren't expected to be ready for several more years.

China, and France also have official jets in red, white and blue.

'Why would anyone want to discard an Air Force One design that evokes more than a half-century of American history?' Michael Beschloss asked Axios. "But by the time it gets built, you're gonna have many presidents, hopefully, use it and enjoy it".

Boeing Co has received a $3.9 billion contract to build two 747-8 aircraft for use as Air Force One by the United States president, due to be delivered by December 2024 and painted red, white and blue, officials said on Tuesday. In the weeks after Trump's election, he tweeted that the cost of the new 747 airplanes being developed by Boeing was "out of control" and he threatened to cancel the development.

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


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