Trump Orders Repaint of Air Force One

Posted July 21, 2018

(Though "Air Force One" designates the aircraft on which the President flies, it's not actually one single plane.) The new planes will be replacing a set that, according to the Department of Defense, have been in the air since 1987.

He envisions a patriotic red, white and blue aircraft, which will demonstrate the look of being "more American", Trump stated in an interview with CBS.

Trump claimed the new planes will likely not be ready during his presidency, and will largely benefit future presidents, but the president has reportedly requested that they be finalised and delivered by 2021.

Trump made these comments in an interview that was taped in Scotland last weekend and aired Tuesday.

But colloquially, when speaking of "Air Force One", we're generally referring to one of two aircraft on which the president flies.

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"We made some great progress on simplifying requirements for Air Force One, streamlining the process, streamlining certification", he said.

Air Force One consists of two planes. Dropping the baby blue now, he said Wednesday, "is an insult to the memory of Jacqueline Kennedy". "Take a guess", Trump told CBS's Jeff Glor.

The White House announced in February that the administration had negotiated a $3.9 billion contract with Boeing for new jets.

US President Donald Trump speaks about his summit meeting in Finland with Russia's President Vladimir Putin at the start of a meeting with members of the US Congress at the White House in Washington, July 17, 2018.

'I hate to say this, it's gonna be a long time.

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The interior design will also be updated and the president hopes to upgrade the full-size bed to a larger one, CBS reported.

Axios reports that the president wants Air Force One to have a larger bed, similar to the one on his personal plane.

Trump tweeted in December 2016 before taking office that costs for the program were out of control, suggesting he might cancel the order. Trump said that after almost three decades, the plane was long overdue for an upgrade.

"You're gonna have many presidents, hopefully, use it and enjoy it", Mr Trump said.

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