According to Axios, President Trump does not like the current, baby-blue-colored Air Force One, and he wants a new design to better reflect the country for which it stands. The president has reportedly met with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg about replacing the current design with a new one that has bolder, “more American” colors splashed across the side.
From the report:
Axios has learned that Trump had one specification for the plane that could cause tension with the Air Force and surprise around the world:
Trump wants to change the plane’s signature blue-and-white look that goes back 55 years, to a redesign of the presidential aircraft by President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy in the early 1960s.
We’re told that Trump wants a color scheme that “looks more American” and isn’t a “Jackie Kennedy color.” He doesn’t think the current blue (technically “luminous ultramarine”) represents the USA.
The president’s preferred design is believed to include red, white and blue.
Trump is not wrong when he calls the current blue palette a “Jackie Kennedy color”; the plane was indeed commissioned to look the way it does in 1962 by industrial designer Raymond Loewy, with input from then-president John F. Kennedy. It has been in use ever since, having become one of the most instantly recognizable symbols of the American presidency. It is this iconic flavor that, according to Axios, has many Air Force officials lamenting the impending change. They feel that it would be counterproductive to change the design of a place so familiar to people around the world.
While President Trump’s design preferences are only now being reported, the fact that he was deeply involved in Boeing’s ongoing contract to develop the planes is not news. In the early weeks of his presidency, Trump made waves by renegotiating the aircraft company’s contract, claiming on Twitter that he saved taxpayers more than $1.4 billion. He also reportedly sped up the timetable of replacement; instead of rolling out the new Air Force One planes in 2024 as originally planned, Boeing intends to have the new jets in service by 2021.
Just in time for the start of Trump’s second term!