President Trump Says Air Force One’s New Livery Will Be Red, White and Blue
The new version of Air Force One will be painted in the colors of the American flag, according to President Donald Trump.
“It’s going to be the Top of the line, the Top in the world,’’ President Trump said in a TV interview. “And it’s going be Red, White and Blue, which I think is appropriate.’’
The new livery for a global symbol of US power replaces the current color scheme that dates to the Kennedy-era.
President Trump put the spotlight on Air Force One shortly before taking office when he criticized Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA) for the expense of the converted 747 jumbo jets. He reached an agreement with the plane-maker and lowered the cost.
“Boeing gave us a good deal. And we were able to take that,” Trump said in comments that aired Tuesday, confirming an Axios report last week on the presidential plane’s new look. “But I said, ‘I wonder if we should use the same baby blue colors?’ And we are not.”
Boeing agreed in February to a $3.9-B contract with the Air Force to modify 2 747-8 aircraft to update the Presidential transport.
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. It is heavily modified to support the President and staff for extended periods aloft. It is equipped with an advanced communications system, self-defense capabilities and other Key features.
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