(Last Updated On: July 18, 2018)
Donald Trump wants a more “Americanized” Air Force One Livery
President Trump wants a new paint job for his official jet, the of Air Force One. Apparently he wishes to scrap the iconic robin’s-egg blue (which he sarcastically calls a “Jackie Kennedy color”. He wants a bolder, “more American” look for the presidential jet. The eisting robin’s egg blue design—officially called luminous ultramarine blue—was first used when John F Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy approved the design by industrial designer Raymond Loewy. It’s served as the backdrop of iconic comings and goings of 11 US presidents since. Axios reported that some sources in the Air Force are not especially keen on painting over this history.
The fact that President Trump wants to make Air Force One Great Again and pertinent details on this presidential amibition were revealed Axios, that would involve at least two distinct changes to the presidential jet. Trump reportedly wants to ditch the subtle blue paint job for something “more American.” And he also wants to add a bigger bed!
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. That color has been on the exterior of the plane since JFK’s presidency, when he, not his wife, chose it over a red-and-gold color scheme. But Trump reportedly wants a more on-the-nose design that incorporates red, white, and blue. He also wants to make at least one change to the interior of the plane. Allen reports that Trump thinks it needs a bigger bed that’s more like the one on his personal 757, which he flew during the campaign, replacing the “couch-like sleeping configuration” on the current Air Force One.
The bad news for Trump is that if he is ever to board the new and improved 747s, he’ll have to make it to a second term. The new planes are unlikely to be ready before Inauguration Day 2021.