President Donald Trump is abandoning Jackie Kennedy's robin's-egg blue paint scheme for Air Force One and giving the iconic plane the classic American colors of red, white and blue as part of a series of upgrades to the presidential aircraft.
The announced deal comes as President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use "adversary" to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE said in an interview broadcast this week that the redesigned aircraft will feature a red, white and blue color scheme, departing from the traditional blue-colored craft.
Any plane carrying the president of the United States is referred to as "Air Force One", but the name has long become a household moniker for the specific planes that are equipped to transport the commander-in-chief.
Shortly after his election, Trump complained that Boeing was over charging the USA for the new plane, and pressured the aerospace company to cut costs in what has been a years-long negotiation. 'Air Force One is going to be incredible. Trump wanted the new planes done by 2021.More news: Brewers Josh Hader apologizes for offensive tweets that surfaced during All-Star game
Designer Raymond Loewy - who created the famous Coca Cola bottle - picked the typeface because of its similarity to the lettering in the first printed copy of the Declaration of Independence.
'And it's going be red, white and blue, which I think is appropriate.
"It's going to be the top of the line, the top in the world", he said.
'Red, white and blue, ' he said. "And we were able to take that", Trump continued. That followed years of negotiations between Boeing and the U.S. Air Force - and Mr. Trump's personal intervention since his election.More news: Britain to develop 1st spaceport in Scotland
Trump has emphasized the need to minimize the cost of replacing the two existing Air Force One aircraft.
The planes are expected to be completed by December 2024, the Department of Defense said.
FILE - Air Force One sits ready for boarding on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, Dec. 6, 2016. "It's a very complex project".
The White House has previously claimed that Trump's tough talk with Boeing on the cost of the planes had saved taxpayers more than $1.4 billion.More news: Google is fined $5 billion by European Union in Android antitrust case