Air Force One is widely accepted as the single most iconic plane in the world. Its distinctive blue and white color scheme, especially on the 747, makes an impression. Now President Trump has announced that the latest version of the Boeing will have a new paint job. The new Air Force One will be red, white, and blue.
“I said, ‘I wonder if we should use the same baby blue colors?’ And we’re not,” Trump told CBS News.
“Red, white and blue,” he said. “Air Force One is going to be incredible. It’s gonna be the top of the line, the top in the world. And it’s gonna be red, white and blue, which I think is appropriate.”
The current blue design was reportedly the choice of Jackie Kennedy when her husband was in office. The colors have remained similar ever since.
“Kennedy supervised the redesign 55 years ago, but Trump wants a less gauzy, ‘more American’ look for the next generation of planes,” The Daily Mail writes.
“But the president will have to win re-election to appreciate the new look. Converting a standard passenger jet into Air Force One takes time, and the current project isn’t scheduled for completion until after the next Inauguration Day in January 2021.”
“I hate to say this, it’s gonna be a long time. It’s a very complex project. But by the time it gets built, you’re gonna have many presidents, hopefully, use it and enjoy it,” he told CBS.
Another one of Trump’s planned revisions is bigger beds. “The Presidential Suite aboard the plane includes a pair of what could be described, at most, as twin-size beds, which fold out from leather sofas,” DM notes.
Changing the iconic design isn’t popular with everyone. It may be getting more attention than it deserves becasue Trump is championing the change, too.
“Why would anyone want to discard an Air Force One design that evokes more than a half-century of American history?” Michael Beschloss, a presidential historian asked.
The new red, white, and blue Air Force One livery. pic.twitter.com/kvh1YtB24P
— Matthias Steinkogler (@m_steinkogler) July 18, 2018
“Every time you see that blue trim and the words ‘UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’ spelled out in that same typeface as an early version of the Declaration of Independence, it brings back JFK landing in Germany to speak at the Berlin Wall, Richard Nixon flying to China, Ronald Reagan stepping off the plane to see Gorbachev in Iceland and a thousand other scenes of Presidents in our past.”
— Douglas Jacobberger (@Bergermiste) July 18, 2018
“Anyone who doubts how strongly Americans feel about the way Air Force One looks should go to the Reagan Library in California and see how many people go there to look at the plane that Ronald Reagan flew on while he was President,” he added.
— Mexican Judge (@laloalcaraz) July 17, 2018
USA Today is showing off some possibilities. “Graphics artists here at the USA TODAY Network imagined what that could look like:”
A patriotic take from Alex Gonzalez
A gold-plated concept from Ramon Padilla
An artistic take on the stars and stripes by Ian Young
And a bold eagle from Janet Loehrke