Thursday, 20 September, 2018

A fresh new paint job for Air Force One may be underway

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Trump has the authority to change the design, some top officers within the Air Force reportedly prefer the current blue, which they say is "known around the world". The historic "luminous ultramarine" color was first designed by President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy in the 1960's.

Staff typically involved in an overseas trip include Secret Service post-standers, military communications specialists and White House aides.

Mr. Trump would not be the first commander-in-chief to make changes to a presidential aircraft. Trump is making his first trip to Britain as president after a tense summit with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders in Brussels and on the heels of ruptures in British Prime Minister Theresa May's government because of the crisis over Britain's exit from the European Union.

Axios reported Thursday that Trump wants to replace what he describes as the "Jackie Kennedy" blue trim of the current Air Force One plane with a paint job that shows the red, white, and blue colors of the American flag.

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An unnamed source told Axios "he can do it", but the move might "cause friction with the Air Force".

"Why would anyone want to discard an Air Force One design that evokes more than a half-century of American history?" presidential historian Michael Beschloss told Axios.

Trump reportedly expressed his concerns in a February meeting with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, during which the men are said to have discussed a $4 billion deal to replace two 747s for official White House business.

Wish lists aside, the outlet notes that Trump may only get to enjoy a ride aboard his dream jet if he makes it into a second term, reporting that the new pair of 747s are "very unlikely" to be ready before January 20, 2021.

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