While President Joe Biden ‘has not spent a moment’ thinking about Air Force One’s color scheme, according to press secretary Jen Psaki, former President Donald Trump cared so much he sat down with National Geographic to talk about the project.
DailyMail.com got early access to the forthcoming NatGeo documentary ‘The New Air Force One: Flying Fortress,’ which shows Trump on board Air Force One speaking about the ‘stronger’ design he’d chosen for two new planes being built.
The 44-minute documentary also reveals that Trump wanted the presidential bedroom to have a ‘more modern luxury look’ that includes a queen bed, instead of two twin fold-outs, a larger TV and more seating.
Trump looked at four different color schemes and preferred a red, white and blue design with blue engines. Trump told NatGeo that the redesign was ‘stronger’ and ‘actually more beautiful’
One upgrade Trump requested was for Air Force One to have a bigger bed, a queen-size, compared to the twin fold-outs available now in the president’s bedroom.
The documentary also showed what the upgraded president’s conference room could look like in the two new planes, which aren’t exected to be in use until 2024.
‘I view this as something to do with legacy,’ Trump said during the interview, which was conducted in October 2019. ‘Everytime I look at it I’ll say, “I had a lot to do with that.” Just, really, a representation of our great country.’
Two new 747-8s, which were purchased by the U.S. government after a Russian airline’s bankruptcy, are in the process of being repurposed to be used as Air Force Ones and are expected to debut in 2024.
Before Trump even took office, during the 2016-2017 transition, the incoming president caught wind of new planes being ordered and tweeted they were too expensive. ‘Cancel order!’ Trump tweeted at the time.
The current two Boeing 747s used as Air Force One – a distinction only used when the president is flying – date back to the 1990s. Since the 1940s, seven different plane types have been specifically designed to carry the American president.
‘The price was too high and the plane was just about ordered and I heard about it and I said cancel the order,’ Trump told NatGeo. ‘And then they said, “Why?” I said because they paid too much.’
The president then found out about the two unused 747s that Boeing had sitting in California’s Mojave desert.
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