Published: Fri, July 20, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump Talks Up Air Force One Design: 'Top of the Line'

Trump Talks Up Air Force One Design: 'Top of the Line'

Trump said the two new planes will feature a more patriotic paint job - a change from the current blue and white colour scheme.

President Donald Trump waves when boarding Air Force One as he leaves from the airport in Helsinki, Finland on July 16, 2018, after the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Air Force One will be largely for future presidents to use and enjoy, he said.

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Boeing is building the next generation of the 747 used to fly Presidents around the world and Trump is using the opportunity to paint the plane in the colours of the American flag.

Technically, any plane the president boards is considered Air Force One, but the designation generally refers to one of two modified Air Force 747s geared as a "flying White House".

Donald Trump's presidential plane is set for a makeover and, by the sounds of it, it's going to look a lot like something out of Team America.

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Politico's White House reporter Annie Karni said the paper is handed out because the press cabin has no WiFi, unlike Trump's cabin on the plane. Technically speaking, any plane the president is travelling on becomes known as Air Force One for the duration of the commander in chief's travel.

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

The New England Historical Society reports that Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy worked on the presidential aircraft with designer Raymond Loewy in the 1960s. Since our inception in 1940, we have a strong heritage and tradition of meeting the highest standards of independent journalism and has expanded with publications serving all branches of the USA military. "But I said, 'I wonder if we should use the same baby blue colors?' And we're not".

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The statement also claimed that the deal represented a savings of more than $1.4 billion when compared with an initial proposal for a $5.3 billion cost-plus contract.

In December 2016, Mr. Trump tweeted that costs for the program were "out of control, more than $4 billion".

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