Trump Air Force One paint job could overheat plane
Former president and apparent aeronautical graphic designer donald trump may have inadvertently attempted to turn Air Force One into a flying oven. New reports claim that Trump prefers red, white and blue, Air Force One the paint job could result in sweltering onboard temperatures and additional costs for Boeing.
In a recent Politico reportThe US Air Force said Trump’s call for dark Blue paint covering the undersides of Boeing VC-25Bs in development cwould have led to “excessive temperatures” on board that Boeing would have had to pay to fix. Although Trump is best known for his favorite piss-tinged golden patina, he wanted Air Force One to adopt a slightly more restrained red, white and dark blue palette. The jet’s current color scheme, believed to have its origins in the administration of John F. Kennedy, features a mix of white and sky blue shades.
Sources speaking with Politico say Trump’s darker blue coloring could force Boeing to make costly modifications to cool key components, which could already inflate the plane engorged price tag. Trump first revealed his proposed paint job in a 2019 interview with George Stephanopoulos where he claimed to have designed the new layout himself.
“I think it’s going to be a lot better, actually,” Trump said during a 2019 Fox & Friends interview. “I like the concept of red, white and blue.”
The White House did not immediately respond to Gizmodo’s request for comment, but a source speaking with Politco said they expect President Joe Biden will make a decisionoon on whether or not to adopt Trump’s paint job for the new Air Force One models currently in production.
Paint-induced delays and costly modifications are the last things Boeing or the White House needs. The gigantic new jets, which were due to take off in 2024, have faced many misfires and are currently at least two years late. In a statement provided to Gizmodo in April, a Department of Defense official said the most recent delays were caused by a number of factors, including supply issues, manpower limitations, design delays cabling, testing and delays related to the pandemic.
Ironically, Trump actually tried to to cancel the order over pricing disagreements, and actually succeeded in getting Boeing to lower the price of the project from just under $4 billion to around $3.9 billion. Boeing would have agreed to fixed-price contact with the Air Force, which means that any additional costs incurred to process the Trump paint job should be forgiven paid by Boeing.