Donald Trump’s color selection for the presidential aircraft, Air Force One, was replaced by a new color scheme on Friday by the US Air Force.
The presidential jets, which are now under construction, will continue to be painted in the traditional blue and white color scheme that has been used since John F. Kennedy’s presidency six decades ago.
In order to achieve his desired red, white, and blue design, former President Trump, who left office in January 2021, kept a scale model of the flag with those colors on a coffee table in the Oval Office.
The airplane would have a dark blue underbelly and a deep red stripe running down the middle, according to Trump’s design.
Engineers were challenged by the colors, though, and in a statement released on Friday, the secretary of the Air Force mentioned potential delays and testing to address “the additional heat” from the heavier hue of blue.
But, the light blue will be a “more modern tone” than the current robin’s egg blue, and there won’t be polished metal on the fuselage “since modern commercial aircraft skin alloys don’t allow for it,” it claimed. The new Air Force One aircraft will instead closely resemble the aging current one.
Since the new planes are expected to arrive in 2027 and 2028, the winner of the 2024 election will be the first to fly in them.
Commercial airliners are not like the Boeing aircraft. Each one has a self-defense system, a medical bay, and cutting-edge communication capabilities.
The statement claimed that even though the maintenance costs for the present Air Force One aircraft are increasing and they use parts that are getting older, they will have to do until the newer aircraft are delivered.