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Trump’s Air Force One paint scheme scrapped by Biden


The Biden administration will scrap a paint scheme for Air Force One proposed by former President Donald Trump, after the Air Force determined the design would create an excessive amount of heat for the presidential aircraft, a U.S. official said on Friday.

The present exterior color scheme on the presidential aircraft, often called Air Force One when the president is on board, is white with two shades of blue and dates back to President John F. Kennedy’s administration.

Trump, who left office in January 2021, wanted to vary it to red, white and blue.

“The Trump paint scheme shouldn’t be being considered since it could drive additional engineering, time and price,” an administration official said on condition of anonymity.

The Air Force didn’t immediately comment.

A model of the proposed paint scheme of the following generation of Air Force One is on display during a gathering between U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau within the Oval Office of the White House June 20, 2019 in Washington, DC.

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On Wednesday, an Air Force spokeswoman said darker colours, amongst other aspects, on the underside of Air Force One “might contribute to temperatures exceeding the present qualification limits of a small variety of components.”

In 2018, Boeing received a $3.9 billion contract to construct two 747-8 aircraft to be used as Air Force One by the U.S. president, because of be delivered by December 2024.

The Pentagon said this 12 months that the planes will not be prone to be delivered until 2026.

A Boeing spokesperson said it was making progress, “while navigating through some challenges.”

The paint scheme decision was reported earlier by Politico.

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