Trump Wants to Make Air Force One Look "More American"

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 13, 2018

The Trump administration nailed down a $3.9 billion deal with AF1 manufacturer Boeing for two new aircraft with a projected delivery date of 2021, and the president is clearly invested in the aesthetics of his new chariots.

"It's just the concern that President Trump the showman is going to go too far with changing the look of this iconic plane that so many people are familiar with and a lot of people wonder why do it?" Trump reportedly wants to ditch the subtle blue paint job for something "more American". POTUS reportedly wants to ditch the "Jackie Kennedy color", noting the late first lady's involvement in an Air Force One redesign in the early 1960s.

Trump personally negotiated the deal with Boeing for two new 747s back in February, and Mike Allen reports that he suggested a major change to the plane's exterior.

The presidential motorcade, which includes two identical limousines, nicknamed The Beast, and other security and communications vehicles, is brought across by US Air Force transport aircraft. According to Axios, the president would prefer a design that includes red, white and blue.

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"It was all part of this whole pattern of him trying to create increased visibility of the presidency as an active office and a glamorous office which he succeeded in doing", said Ken Walsh, who wrote "Air Force One: A History of the Presidents and Their Planes".

The words "United States of America" emblazoned across the plane make it instantly recognisable.

The shade is officially known as "luxurious ultramarine".

News of Trump's rumored plane plan has largely been met with cracks that he'll cover the plane in gold leaf, or even the Confederate flag.

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