The President has now confirmed that the changes were coming.
“Boeing gave us a good deal. And we were able to take that,” Trump said. “But I said, ‘I wonder if we should use the same baby blue colors?’ And we’re not.”
The baby blue colors are from a redesign by industrial designer Raymond Loewy for President John F. Kennedy in 1962. The planned redesign would be the first since the Kennedy presidency.
The White House announced in February that it struck a deal with Boeing over the development of two new Air Force One planes. The President requested the planes be ready 2021, at the beginning of a potential second term — three years sooner than the original plan of 2024.
“I hate to say this, it’s going to be a long time,” Trump told CBS. “It’s a very complex project. But by the time it gets built, you’re going to have many presidents, hopefully, use it and enjoy it.”
“I was able to save $1.5 billion and order a new one for the country,” Trump said in the interview.