President Donald Trump wants to redesign Air Force One’s signature robin’s-egg blue color scheme (which he describes a “Jackie Kennedy color”) for something that “looks more American,” Axios reported on Thursday, quoting an unidentified source.
As we noted in February, President Trump worked out a fantastic deal worth $3.9 billion for a pair of replacement 747s for use as Air Force One with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg. Officials said it represents a $1.4 billion in savings from estimates of over $5 billion for two airplanes and related costs.
“President Trump has reached an informal deal with Boeing on a fixed price contract for the new Air Force One Program. Thanks to the president’s negotiations, the contract will save the taxpayers more than $1.4 billion,” Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said earlier this year.
Axios learned Thursday that Trump had one specification for the new planes that could undo nearly six decades of tradition: a new paint job believed to be a patriotic color scheme, including red, white, and blue.
Trump believes Air Force One’s signature robin’s-egg blue color scheme, designed by President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy in 1962, needs to “looks more American.” He does not think the current color scheme (technically “luminous ultramarine”) represents America.
JFK and Jacqueline Kennedy arrive in Houston on November 21, 1963, less than a day before his assassination. (Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, from the collection of Michael Beschloss/ AXIOS)
“He can do it,” said an unidentified source who spoke with Axios. But the new patriotic paint job may not fly said the source, which they pointed out the current color scheme is known “around the world.”
“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,” presidential historian Michael Beschloss told Axios.
An older Air Force One situated inside the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. (Source: Reagan Library)
The source told Axios that Trump requested the presidential bed aboard Air Force One to be bigger and more comfortable — “more like the executive livery package on his personal plane than the current, couch-like sleeping configuration aboard Air Force One,” said Axios, quoting the unidentified source.
However, there is just one problem: Trump will have to be reelected for him to enjoy the new plane, which the pair of Boeing 747s will not enter service until 2021.
USA Today offers some insights into the possible new color scheme for Air Force One:
How did Twitter respond to the news of a new Air Force One color scheme?
One Twitter user said, “Oh, good grief. Trump wants the paint job on the next Air Force One to look like a monster truck.”
Oh, good grief. Trump wants the paint job on the next Air Force One to look like a monster truck. https://t.co/D2FSPX25cu
— Sherry Lucich (@Comixgrrl) July 13, 2018
CNN contributor freaks out about the redesign.
WOW—Trump wants to repaint Air Force One, the most famous and recognizable aircraft in the world. This is the most insane and egotistical Trump story I’ve seen in a long time: https://t.co/EJbhaitGVB
— Garrett M. Graff (@vermontgmg) July 12, 2018
Someone is surprised that Air Force One is not painted gold — reflecting Trump Tower.
I’m surprised Trump doesn’t want Air Force One hosed down with gold spray paint.
Make it look like the inside of Trump Tower.
— Victoria Banville (@VictoriaBanvil2) July 13, 2018
Someone, of course, has to bring Russia into this…
Trump wants to paint Air Force One more patriotic colors. Red, white, and blue.
So American….but so very Russian also.
He’s not fooling anyone….except his followers. #hoodwinked #CorruptGOP #UnAmerican #RussianCollusion #comradetrump #sleepercell #AirForceOne pic.twitter.com/woK2jHXOsM
— Ril Hawkins (@rilhawk) July 13, 2018
An alleged painter of military aircraft has offered his services to paint the 747s.
So I hear you want a new paint scheme on #AirForceOne @POTUS @realDonaldTrump Something like my Betsy might do the trick, better than that awful idea in the article. I’ve been painting like this for 20 years! @FoxNews #ProudAmerica #MAGA call me! 🤣🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/i8jwcPYs1F
— ᖴᒪYGIᖇᒪᑭᗩIᑎTEᖇ🇺🇸🚁 (@Flygirlpainter1) July 13, 2018
Gorka: “Can’t wait”
Can’t wait. https://t.co/0ctgCtk8gc
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) July 13, 2018