Air Force One is arguably the most iconic plane in the world. I would argue that its timeless, mid-century design has something to do with that. Jackie Kennedy was the one to redesign Air Force One stylistically, working with American designer Raymond Loewy on the color scheme and font for the outer script. No president or FLOTUS has ever touched Kennedy and Loewy’s outward design, although of course subsequent presidents and FLOTUSes have put their own marks on the plane’s interiors. Well, Donald Trump can’t help himself: he wants a new Air Force One and he wants it to look less iconic and beautiful.
President Trump wants to update the paint job on the next version of Air Force One, ditching the iconic robin’s-egg blue (which he calls a “Jackie Kennedy color”) for a bolder, “more American” look. Trump rarely gets into the weeds of government negotiations. But he sat down in the Oval Office with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg in February to personally hammer out the $4 billion deal for a pair of replacement 747s for use as Air Force One (the call sign for whatever aircraft the president is on).
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