Asked twice this week about whether President Biden would keep the new Air Force One livery unveiled by President Trump, the answer was consistent: it’s too early to think about it.
Will Biden Keep Classic Air Force One Livery?
During an ABC News Oval Office interview in 2019, President Donald Trump unveiled a new Air Force one design, featuring what he called “patriotic” red, white, and blue paint job.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) June 13, 2019
Since George H.W. Bush, the U.S. presidential aircraft has been a modified Boeing 747-200, featuring the same baby blue color scheme as SAM 26000, the modified Boeing 707 first introduced by the Kennedy Administration. That livery was designed under the supervision of First Lady Jackie Kennedy and has served as a symbol of the United States of America for decades.
But Air Force One is due for an update and Boeing is in the midst of retrofitting a pair of 747-8 aircraft to serve as the presidential plane of the next generation. The cost of the new aircraft, which require upgraded fuel tanks and many classified security features, is $3.9 billion.
Trump wanted to put his own mark on the new aircraft by modifying the traditional light blue livery to a new red-white-blue scheme, but now it falls upon President Joe Biden to make that decision.
“The president has not spent a moment thinking about the color scheme of Air Force One”
This week, Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked on Wednesday and again on Friday whether President Biden would revert to the Kennedy-era design for Air Force One. On Wednesday she said she would check, but on Friday she made clear the Biden Administration had far bigger priorities to consider before it thought about the Air Force One livery.
White House press sec. Jen Psaki comments on proposal for “reconsidering the color scheme of Air Force One.”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 22, 2021
“We are certainly aware of the White House military units proposal that has been submitted to them about reconsidering the color scheme of Air Force One.”
She also added:
“I can confirm for you here, the president has not spent a moment thinking about the color scheme of Air Force One or anything in the House or any article of anything. And no one is going to submit a decision memo to him on that particular topic.”
With far more pressing issues before the desk of the President, any decision on the livery of Air Force One will have to wait. That has not stopped reporters from asking twice about it this week.
Which Air Force One livery do you prefer? Should the plane carrying the President maintain the classic look, adapt the Trump design, or go for a totally new look?