The Pentagon on Monday revealed the final paint job plans for the revamped Air Force One presidential aircraft — a red, white and blue style reminiscent of the planes in President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE's former airline.
The Air Force is requesting $800.9 million in fiscal 2021 for the "VC-25B Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program." It is meant to replace the current Air Force One aircraft with two new, modified Boeing 747-8s, according to the Trump administration's defense budget request.
The new aircraft — depicted in budget documents with a white top half, blue bottom third and red streak down the middle — "will provide the President, staff, and guests with safe and reliable air transportation at the same level of security and communications capability available in the White House," according to the budget documents.
Trump since 2018 has said he hopes to change the paint job on the new Air Force Ones, departing from the light blue and white scheme — designed by former President Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy — for a new red, white and dark blue color scheme.
Trump in June 2019 shared the first renderings of a redesigned aircraft. Observers have noted that the new pattern is similar to the former Trump Shuttle planes that the president managed decades ago as a private businessman.
The House Armed Services Committee, worried that Trump would seek unnecessary and costly changes to the aircraft upgrade, last year sought to require congressional approval for alterations to the aircraft’s paint scheme and interior design. The amendment did not make it into the final fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.
The Air Force in July 2018 signed a $3.9 billion contract with Boeing to design, modify, test, certify and deliver two 747 planes to replace the older aircraft by the end of 2024, which would be the end of a possible second term for Trump.
The $800.9 million requested for fiscal 2021 would continue the engineering, manufacturing and development and modifications to the commercial aircraft.
A final decision on the planes’ paint color and design isn’t set until 2021, however, making it possible that it won’t be changed if Trump fails to win reelection this year.