Color naming

Boeing may have to alter Trump’s color plans for new Air Force One

The Air Force has revealed there was a design flaw in former President Donald Trump’s wish to paint the presidential plane in its red, white and dark blue colors.

Trump’s plan for the two new 747s built in flying white houses called for the underside of the plane and its engine area to be painted dark blue.

But it could contribute to excessive temperatures on the plane, a problem Boeing would have to pay out of pocket to fix, Politico reported.

Boeing has already lost nearly $1.1 billion so far converting two 747 jets into new Air Force Ones and its CEO has expressed regret for taking on the project on Trump’s terms.

President Joe Biden’s White House has not decided whether it will keep Trump’s color scheme or revert to the traditional blue and white design it now wears.

Trump’s design – which features a dark blue undercarriage – may require the plane to incorporate some modifications to cool some of its components, a source told Politico.

Trump revealed his redesign in 2019.

The new color scheme resembles the color scheme of Trump’s personal Boeing 757, which 2016 campaign crowds called “Trump Force One.”



The model of the new Air Force One design - with its red, white and blue livery - was displayed in President Donald Trump's Oval Office;  now Boeing might have to pay for a design flaw - dark blue covers the engine area and could make the plane hotter


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The model of the new Air Force One design – with its red, white and blue livery – was displayed in President Donald Trump’s Oval Office; now Boeing might have to pay for a design flaw – dark blue covers the engine area and could make the plane hotter



President Joe Biden will decide whether to keep Donald Trump's new paint job for the presidential plane or return it to the traditional baby blue and white


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President Joe Biden will decide whether to keep Donald Trump’s new paint job for the presidential plane or return it to the traditional baby blue and white

Meanwhile, Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun said in April that the company should have turned down Trump’s terms for building the two new presidential planes.

There are two because the presidential plane always needs reinforcement.

The company had announced that it had lost $660 million in the project to convert two 747 jetliners.

The presidential plane contains classified communications equipment to allow the president to be in constant communication with the outside world and features special features such as an operating room.

Unlike a normal 747, the plane has its own retractable stairs, for the rear entrance and the front entrance. And its own luggage loader so that it can be completely autonomous if necessary.

It also has an in-flight refueling system that allows it to stay in the air indefinitely.

Trump’s deal involved a fixed price of $3.9 billion, leaving Boeing to foot the bill for any design changes or cost increases.

“Air Force One, I’m just going to call it a very unique moment, a very unique negotiation, a very unique set of risks that Boeing probably shouldn’t have taken,” Calhoun said, “but we’re where we are, and we’re going to deliver big planes.

Trump has taken a keen interest in the plans for the new presidential plane although it won’t be delivered until 2024, meaning he could never have used it.

A model of the new design sits in the Oval Office, on the coffee table by the fireplace where he often shows it to guests.

Work on both 747s is taking place in San Antonio, Texas.

Air Force One’s last reboot came under President John F. Kennedy when industrial designer Raymond Loewy worked with First Lady Jackie Kennedy on a sky blue and cyan design.

This design remained when the converted Boeing 747-200 planes on which President Biden flies entered service in 1990.

‘Air Force One’ is not really a specific aircraft. It is the radio call sign of any aircraft on which the President of the United States is traveling.

But the name has become shorthand for the specific jumbo jet that attracts attention and photographers wherever it lands.



A rare color photo showing John and Jackie Kennedy in front of the Air Force One design they oversaw.  The photo was taken when they landed in San Antonio, Texas the day before JFK was assassinated.  Air Force One at the time was a Boeing 707


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A rare color photo showing John and Jackie Kennedy in front of the Air Force One design they oversaw. The photo was taken when they landed in San Antonio, Texas the day before JFK was assassinated. Air Force One at the time was a Boeing 707

History of Air Force One

In 1943, officials became concerned that the president was traveling on commercial airlines.

A C-54 Skymaster was converted for presidential use, carrying Franklin D. Roosevelt to Yalta in 1945 before being used by Harry Truman.

The call sign was created in 1953 after a Lockheed constellation, named Columbine II, was nearly destroyed.

Dwight Eisenhower was on board when air traffic controllers confused the flight numbers of Eastern Airlines Flight 8610 with the presidential craft, which at the time was called Air Force 8610.

Officials thought it was wise to use the name “Air Force One” to prevent an event like this from happening in the future.

The first Lockheed Constellation was replaced by another, Columbine III, then two Boeing 707s from the 1960s.

Since 1990, two customized Boeing 747-200Bs have been used.

Shortly after taking office, Trump publicly criticized the “out of control” costs of Boeing’s deal to build a new presidential plane.

“Cancel the order,” he tweeted.

The result was that then-Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg personally negotiated terms with the president at the White House and at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Florida resort.

Trump trumpeted the fixed-price deal in 2018.

“Boeing got us a good deal,” he said. “And we were able to take that.”

Boeing also spoke favorably of the deal at the time.

“Boeing is proud to build the next generation of Air Force One, providing U.S. Presidents with a flying White House of exceptional taxpayer value,” the company tweeted.

“President Trump negotiated a good deal on behalf of the American people.”

But last year, Boeing sued a contractor it blamed for delays.

In April, Boeing officials said the pandemic and supply chain issues had also slowed work.

Boeing promised to deliver the planes by December 2024.

The company said the new Air Force Ones will be based on its 747-8 series.

And Calhoun said he wanted no more fixed-price contracts.

Since the 1940s, seven different aircraft types have been specifically designed to transport the US President.

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