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Trump Confirms Air Force One Redesign That Departs From Its Iconic Blue & White
By Yoon Sann Wong, 18 Jul 2018
Image via 1000 Words / Shutterstock.com
Over the weekend, ideas and suggestions surfaced on the internet after Axios broke news about a potential Air Force One redesign.
US President Donald Trump has now confirmed that the overhaul will indeed go through, and that the plane’s recognized blue-and-white aesthetic could well become a thing of the past.
According to Bloomberg, Trump and Boeing have managed to agree on a US$3.9 billion contract that could see this symbol of US power embracing a red, white and blue palette, which Trump believes to be “more American” and “appropriate.”
“Boeing gave us a good deal. And we were able to take that,” Trump said during his interview with CBS. “But I said, ‘I wonder if we should use the same baby blue colors?’ And we’re not.”
The proposed revamp will depart from Air Force One’s previous redesign, made in 1962 by industrial designer Raymond Loewy for President John F. Kennedy.
It will be a while, however, before the two new Air Force One planes are ready, mainly due to the complexities of the project. US President Trump has requested for the vessels to be available by 2021, at the start of a prospective second term.
Given Trump’s recent comments during his press conference held in Helsinki, Finland with Russian President Vladimir Putin—which saw Dictionary.com and Merriam-Webster throwing shade at the US President with the definitions of “traitor,” “complacent,” “collusion,” and “treason”—it comes with little surprise that some have likened this “red, white and blue” revamp to the Russian flag, amongst other proposed façades.
Artist rendition of Trump's name on Air Force One pic.twitter.com/vusDJycJNj— Andy (@murnut) July 17, 2018
A likely choice. 🙄 pic.twitter.com/hRWCr320BN— Mike Closs (@MikeC0613) July 17, 2018
[via Bloomberg and CBS, main image via 1000 Words / Shutterstock.com]
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