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President Biden Rejects Trump’s Expensive Air Force One Redesign

President Biden Rejects Trump’s Expensive Air Force One Redesign

President Joe Biden’s administration has scrapped Donald Trump’s design for the new generation of presidential aircraft after an Air Force review suggested it would raise costs and delay the delivery of the new jets.

Boeing is currently modifying two Boeing 747-800 aircraft that will bear the Air Force One callsign when the President is on board to replace the existing fleet of two aging Boeing 747-200 aircraft. In 2018, Trump directed that the new jumbo jets be repainted, losing the iconic Kennedy-era robin’s egg blue and white design to incorporate a deeper navy and streak of dark red. When he was in office, Trump kept a mockup of the new presidential plane in the new color scheme on a coffee table in the Oval Office. “The baby blue doesn’t fit with us,” he told Fox News in 2019 after earlier unveiling sketches of his ideal redesign for the plane’s exterior.

 

The Air Force’s study of the new paint job had concluded that the dark shade of blue Trump proposed for the plane’s underbelly and engines would have created heating issues for the aircraft, requiring costly redesigns and additional delays to the already behind-schedule program. The current generation of planes first carried President George H.W. Bush.

Trump’s design utilized the colors of the American flag, but was reconfigured to resemble his own personal plane, with the white and blue areas reversed. At the time, Trump boasted that he had secured a great new $3.9 billion deal with Boeing for the converted jets decorated according to his specifications, after canceling an earlier $4 billion deal. Boeing has since said it regrets taking the deal, which led to a $1 billion loss for the company.

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The President gets two planes, and technically Air Force One is designated as whichever jet the President is flying on.

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