During Donald Trump’s term from January 2017 to January 2021, one of the 45 questions the president of the United States has thought about is what the future of the Air Force should be. Trump has constantly criticized the cost of the Boeing 747 that was to replace the current presidential airplanes. He also attended direct and public meetings with the top executive of Boeing and always recalled special mania for the image of the presidential class, which he considered “un-American”.
Trump wanted the colors of what is one of the most famous airplanes in the world to be “more patriotic”: red, white and navy blue. Several graphic tests were made and the final design was approved, which was finally painted in a large model. This has been completed as an oval office set up, so that every time the president receives a high-ranking visit, the scale model takes center stage. In the middle of the room, the president always ended up commenting on the plane, the colors, or how he reduced the cost of the program, while the guest in the office held a moment in front of the press.
there will be no changes
Trump failed to reveal the second term, with which his idea of launching a new generation 747 dedicated to flying the White House disappeared. Last year, Joe Biden, his successor in office, commented at the beginning of the classic policy that representing the United States and its presidency around the world, traveling cannot be changed. Last night it was officially confirmed by both the US government and Boeing: everything will be updated, although the colors will remain.
With classic we refer to the color scheme where silver, sky and ultramarine blue dominate, a design that was launched in 1962 and has a whole story behind it. And it happened that, although Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower started to use the first Boeing 707 for presidential transport, it was his successor John Fitzgerald Kennedy who broke the power of these four to see the elegant image of the United States of America throughout. the world So the 35-year-old president called designer Raymond Loewy to give him a special assignment: to create an image of Air Force One.
Loewy was a symbol of good work and is considered one of the fathers of modern design. Born in Paris in 1893, he spent his entire professional life in the United States and among his best-known works are the Iconic ergonomic bottle of Coca-Cola that the patient could hold with one hand, the complete image of TWA airline’s successful circle of striking cigarettes or logos scattered with supermarkets or oil companies BP, Shell and Exxon. The Frenchman, a nationalized American, also designed everyday objects, cars or motors, which broke all the sights, hence his influence and admiration among the Kennedys. Elegance liked it, especially Jackie Kennedy, the first lady, who for a long time was said to be responsible for the design of the president’s plane, something legendary, because he simply said that he was enthusiastic about the designer’s models.
in 707 and 747
Kennedy’s stage colors were honored by all nine presidents who succeeded JFK: five Republicans and four Democrats. During the presidential term of Donald John Trump, he broke that tradition (and more), although this aeronautical symbol and representation of the country was finally preserved under the Biden administration. It is now deciding whether the two new Boeing 747-8s will be able to retire the current 747-200, a 1990, in 2024. It seems that the jumbo jet launched by George HW Bush will extend its useful life for another year; because turning the airplane into the center of the US government, while the president is inside the aircraft everywhere in the world, is a technical, security, logistical and even comfort challenge.