US Prez Trump plans new makeover for his 'incredible' Air Force One

Boeing to build two new 747-8 aircraft for presidential use

"But I said, 'I wonder if we should use the same baby blue colours?' And we're not". Updated models could be in service before the end of a potential Trump second term.

Trump has told United States media that the new Air Force Ones will change its traditional livery of white and blue, adopting a combination of red, white, and blue, colours that are more closely associated with the USA identity. "It's going to be top of the line, the top in the world, and it's going to be red, white and blue, which I think is appropriate", Trump said. (Though "Air Force One" designates the aircraft on which the President flies, it's not actually one single plane.) The new planes will be replacing a set that, according to the Department of Defense, have been in the air since 1987. He also added the presidential seal near the nose of the plane, and an American Flag on the tail.

The baby blue colors are from a redesign by industrial designer Raymond Loewy for President John F. Kennedy in 1962. The lettering on the outside the aircraft was inspired by the heading of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

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

The plane is immediately recognized around the world.

"I was able to save $1.5 billion and order a new one for the country", Trump said in the interview.

1st Class Brian Dietrick
1st Class Brian Dietrick

"It's a travesty to break from tradition and put a new paint job on the plane", Mr Hagerman said.

When will Air Force One be ready?

Trump's comments confirmed an earlier story by Axios that he wanted to give the new Boeing 747s, due for delivery by 2021, a more patriotic paint scheme.

The White House has previously claimed that Trump's tough talk with Boeing on the cost of the planes had saved taxpayers more than US$1.4 billion.

He continued: "Air Force One is going to be incredible".

A congressional official briefed on Tuesday about the deal indicated it was little changed from the informal agreement reached in February, calling for two 747-8 aircraft to be built for $3.9 billion and delivered by December 2024.

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