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In yet another petty move that not only looks like a slap at former President Donald Trump but smacks of being unAmerican as well, President Joe Biden has scrapped the new red, white, and blue design for Air Force One.
The unpatriotic move by the Biden administration comes after an Air Force review suggested it would need to raise costs and delay the delivery of the new jets.
Boeing is in the midst of modifying two Boeing 747-800 aircraft that will display the Air Force One callsign when the president is on board to replace the existing fleet of two aging Boeing 747-200 aircraft.
In 2018, Trump ordered that the new jumbo jets ditch the Kennedy-era robin’s egg blue and white design for a deeper navy and a streak of dark red reflecting the nation’s colors.
The reason for the cancelation is lame at best. The Biden administration, which evidently has an aversion to cutting costs on just about anything, claimed via an anonymous source that the proposed color change could add engineering, time, and costs to the delivery of the planes, according to Politico.
Perfect example of why Americans are fed up w the disconnect of Biden.
As the world goes up in flames, he determines we could save a few $ by painting Air Force 1 lighter colors?!
Never mind the open borders and Trillions of $ that will cost us! https://t.co/jXlkoSkOHo
— Nobody (@WatchinMadness) June 10, 2022
Trump ordered new Air Force 1's. Read article stating the paint scheme would cause the plane to overheat. BS. stated necessitates alterations. Who comes up with this junk. Planes are painted all kinds of colors even Black.
— Finane (@Finane) June 9, 2022
The Air Force study reportedly concluded that the dark shade of blue Trump proposed for the plane’s underbelly and engines would have created heating issues for the aircraft, requiring costly redesigns and additional delays to the already behind-schedule program.
The new paint decision is good news for Boeing. The company would have had to pay to fix the heating problem itself. Boeing has referred questions on the paint job to the Air Force.
Trump was enthusiastic about the new color scheme proposed for the aircraft when he was president. He kept a mockup of the new design on a coffee table in the Oval Office.
“The baby blue doesn’t fit with us,” he told Fox News in 2019. Trump had already mocked up sketches of his ideal redesign for the plane’s exterior.
The design revolved around the colors of the American flag. The top half of the plane would be white, while the lower half would be dark blue. A red stripe would span the entire plane, from the cockpit to the tail.
In 2018, the Air Force awarded Boeing a contract worth $3.9 billion to manufacture two 747s to replace the current Air Force One aircraft. Trump tweeted in February 2017 that the government had decreased the price of the contract with Boeing by “over $1 billion.”
The building of the planes is facing delays ostensibly caused by supply chain issues and a disagreement between Boeing and a subcontractor as well as a shortage of qualified mechanics, according to the Government Accountability Office.
The Biden administration has not put forth a new design for the planes yet. They are in San Antonio undergoing extensive modifications to prepare them to carry the president.
Formally known as the VC-25B, the new aircraft are estimated to replace the older VC-25A planes in 2026, which is years behind schedule.
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