New Air Force One gets a makeover in red, white and blue
President Donald Trump has said Air Force One is getting a patriotic makeover.
Trump says the familiar baby blue color of the presidential plane will give way to a red-white-and-blue color scheme. Updated models could be in use for a potential second term. The President made the announcement in an interview with CBS News that aired Tuesday.
Trump said he was wondering, after making a deal with Boeing for the new plane, whether to stick with the baby blue color that is recognized around the world.
He said he decided not to.
“Air Force One is going to be amazing,” Trump said. “It will be the top of the line, the best in the world, and it will be red, white and blue, which I think is appropriate.”
Separately, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Wednesday that the Air Force had awarded a “firm fixed price” contract to Boeing to design, modify, test, certify and deliver two presidential jets. “mission ready” by 2024. They ‘I will replace the current versions of the Boeing 747 used by the President, which are 31 years old.
Sanders said the contract set the total price for the two completed planes at $ 3.9 billion. She said this represents a savings of over $ 1.4 billion from the $ 5.3 billion originally proposed.
Trump tweeted in December 2016, after his election, that the costs of the program were “out of control, over $ 4 billion.” He added: “Cancel the order! “
Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg and Trump have met on several occasions to discuss the Air Force One contract.