Axios: Trump Wants to Repaint Air Force One for 'More American' Look

Time for a change? Trump reportedly wants to give Air Force One a makeover. More

Time for a change? Trump reportedly wants to give Air Force One a makeover. More

The US leader will emerge from Air Force One - one of two specially modified Boeing 747-200s.

A report from the DC insider yentas at Axios suggests that President Donald Trump is considering a new "more American" look for Air Force One compared to its current pain job, which the president described as "Jackie Kennedy color".

"It's just the concern that President Trump the showman is going to go too far with changing the look of this iconic plane that so many people are familiar with and a lot of people wonder why do it?" POTUS reportedly wants to ditch the "Jackie Kennedy color", noting the late first lady's involvement in an Air Force One redesign in the early 1960s.

The White House reached a deal with Boeing worth US$3.9 billion (NZ$5.75b) for two new planes. 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". Historian Michael Beschloss balked at the proposed paint job and defended the "timeless design" chosen by the Kennedys.

"Every time you see that blue trim and the words "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" spelled out in that same typeface as an early version of the Declaration of Independence, it brings back JFK landing in Germany to speak at the Berlin Wall, Richard Nixon flying to China, Ronald Reagan stepping off the plane to see Gorbachev in Iceland and a thousand other scenes of Presidents in our past". The President requested the planes be ready 2021, at the beginning of his second term - three years sooner than the original plan of 2024.