Axios: Trump Wants to Repaint Air Force One for 'More American' Look

Blanche Robertson
July 13, 2018

Air Force One now features two shades of blue, which were chosen by the Kennedys. "We're told that Trump wants a color scheme that "looks more American" and isn't a 'Jackie Kennedy color'". He wants to replace the current light blue trim-which he described as a "Jackie Kennedy color"-or something potentially involving the red, white, and blue of the US flag".

"Air Force One is a attractive bird, but it's no different from any other commercial 747 in that there's one narrow hallway that takes you from the front to the back".

The presidential motorcade, which includes two identical limousines, nicknamed The Beast, and other security and communications vehicles, is brought across by Air Force transport aircraft.

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. For more than 55 years, Air Force One has made this look iconic. It also has the official presidential seal near the stairs the president typically uses to disembark the plane.

The president also reportedly requested the presidential bed on the new plane receive an upgrade from its couch-like sleeping quarters to a more comfortable arrangement.

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The Beast is a seven-seat black armoured limousine which reportedly cost two million U.S. dollars (£1.5 million) and is created to give Mr Trump the ultimate protection.

Trump leaves Air Force One upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force One, Md., in January 2017. Some senior officers like the current look as it is "known around the world", Axios said, quoting its source.

POTUS reportedly wants to ditch the "Jackie Kennedy color", noting the late first lady's involvement in an Air Force One redesign in the early 1960s. Before that, presidents traveled on a rather plain Boeing C-137 Stratoliner. The new planes are unlikely to be ready before Inauguration Day 2021.

President Kennedy and renowned French industrial designer Raymond Loewy sat on the floor of the Oval Office in 1962 with colored paper and crayons to sketch out that paint scheme, according to a book about the history of the jet, titled "Air Force One: The Aircraft that Shaped the Modern Presidency".

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