Donald Trump Unveils Details of Bold Air Force One Makeover

Marsha Scott
July 20, 2018

"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.

In an interview with CBS News, Trump said that the upgraded Air Force One is "going to be incredible".

The White House said on Wednesday it had signed a $3.9 billion contract with aircraft manufacturer Boeing to purchase two Air Force Ones.

However, Trump had previously criticized an estimate close to the final cost: "Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion". He also added the presidential seal near the nose of the plane, and an American Flag on the tail. President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy worked with NY designer Raymond Loewy on the presidential aircraft's look in the 1960s, according to the New England Historical Society.

A swath of baby blue covers the nose and sweeps back along each side of the fuselage. In order to select the best font, Loewy looked to historical USA documents for inspiration; when he saw the typeface of the original Declaration of Independence, he knew he had found the flawless model.

The plane is immediately recognized around the world. The president made the announcement in a CBS News interview broadcast Tuesday.

The plane's current light blue design, chosen by President John F Kennedy and his wife Jackie, has become synonymous with presidential jets over the past five decades. When asked if he wanted to keep the current robin's egg blue design he said he would not.

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When will Air Force One be ready?

The new version is scheduled to be completed by 2024, although Trump has pushed for that date to be pushed up to 2021 so that he might have a chance to ride it.

Air Force One consists of two planes.

"I was able to save $1.5 billion and order a new one for the country", Mr. Trump told Glor.

"It's going to be the top of the line, the top in the world, " Trump said.

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