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Renderings of the new Air Force One presidential jet show some new additions to the iconic aircraft, but confirm that the Air Force and its contractor Boeing have decided to drop Donald Trump’s proposed new red, white and blue color scheme.
In June 2022, it was announced that the Biden administration would not go ahead with Mr Trump’s original design for the two new planes specified in the 2018 contract.
“The Trump color scheme is not being considered because it could require additional engineering, time and expense,” said an administration official told Reuters.
According to the Air Force, Mr. Trump’s embrace of dark colors on the outside of the plane would attract additional heat that could threaten the plane’s sensitive electronics.
Mr Trump had insisted on a new patriotic look.
“Air Force One is going to be incredible,” he told CBS at the time. “It will be the top of the line, the top of the world. And it will be red, white and blue, which I think is appropriate.”
Instead, as CNN reports, new renderings reveal that “Next Force One” will be a slightly darker blue than the current Robin’s Egg panels on the plane, which have been around since the days of the John F. Kennedy administration.
Aerospace company Boeing has been working on the new planes, two modified 747-8i jetliners, since 2018, but the project has been beset by delays and cost overruns.
According to CNN, the first of the two new Air Force One jets is expected to be delivered in 2027, with the second a year later.
Last April, Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun said taking on the $3.9 billion firm contract to build the new jets was a risk the company “probably shouldn’t have taken.”
“What I’m just calling Air Force One is a very unique moment, a very unique negotiation, a very unique set of risks that Boeing probably shouldn’t have taken, but we are where we are and we’re going to deliver great aircraft.” And we will recognize the costs involved,” he said during a conference call.
The executive blamed Covid, supply chain issues, inflation and other factors for the project exceeding budget by millions. accordingly The edge.
Mr. Trump took the unusual step of personally interfering in the Air Force One contract negotiations, an obvious object of interest to him.
2016 he has threatened to sever the White House’s relationship with the company and look for a new manufacturer for Air Force One.
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