Trump: New Air Force One to get red, white and blue makeover

Posted at 11:29 AM, Jul 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-18 11:29:42-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Air Force One is getting a patriotic makeover.

Trump says the familiar baby blue color on the presidential aircraft will give way to a red-white-and-blue color scheme. Updated models could be delivered in time for a potential second term. The president made the announcement in a CBS News interview broadcast Tuesday.

Trump says he wondered, after reaching a deal with Boeing for the new aircraft, whether to stick with the baby blue color that’s recognized worldwide.
He says he decided against it.

Says Trump: “Air Force One is going to be incredible. It’s going to be top of the line, the top in the world, and it’s going to be red, white and blue, which I think is appropriate.”

The White House says the current aircraft, the presidential version of the Boeing 747, are now 31 years old.

Two completed Air Force One replacements will cost $3.9 billion.