At the moment there are two 747-200s that serve as Air Force One — they were delivered in 1987, so they’re over 30 years old.
In an interview with ABC, Trump has revealed the patriotic new livery that’s expected to be painted on the two 747-8s. Here’s a close-in of it (as you can see, there are a few minor variations):
Over the past few years the US has been negotiating with Boeing over replacements for Air Force One. Last year the US formally ordered two 747-8s to replace the current 747-200s, which are expected to be delivered in 2024.
For several months Trump has been talking about how he wants Air Force One to have a patriotic new livery, though up until now that livery hasn’t been revealed. Well, now we know what it will look like.
You can see the upper half of the fuselage is white while the lower half is navy blue, a darker color than the current hue. A red cheat line runs across the middle. The tail is white and features an American flag. One concept has the four engine casings painted navy blue while another has them painted white.
Air Force One is the official air traffic control call sign for a United States Air Force aircraft carrying the President of the United States. In common parlance, the term is used to denote U.S. Air Force aircraft modified and used to transport the president. The aircraft are prominent symbols of the American presidency and its power.
The idea of designating specific military aircraft to transport the President arose in 1943, when officials of the United States Army Air Forces, the predecessor to the U.S. Air Force, became concerned about using commercial airlines for presidential travel. A C-87 Liberator Express was reconfigured for use as the first dedicated VIP-and-presidential transport aircraft and named Guess Where II, but the Secret Service rejected it because of its safety record. A C-54 Skymaster was then converted for presidential use; dubbed the Sacred Cow, it carried President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the Yalta Conference in February 1945 and was used for another two years by President Harry S. Truman.
The “Air Force One” call sign was created in 1953, after a Lockheed Constellation named Columbine II carrying President Dwight D. Eisenhower entered the same airspace as a commercial airline flight using the same flight number.
Other Air Force Ones have included another Lockheed Constellation, Columbine III, and two Boeing 707s, introduced in the 1960s and 1970s. Since 1990, the presidential fleet has consisted of two Boeing VC-25As: highly customized Boeing 747-200B aircraft. The U.S. Air Force plans to buy two Boeing 747-8s to serve as the next Air Force Ones.