Mar 21, 2023: Why did Biden reject the colour scheme? Is the old colour scheme better? If so, why? Keep reading to know more!
On January 20th, 2021, President Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States. Since then, he has been making a number of changes, both in terms of policy and symbolism. One such change that has recently made headlines is the decision to scrap former President Donald Trump's proposed paint scheme for Air Force One.
Air Force One is the official aircraft of the President of the United States.
It is a representation of American power and prestige, and is used to transport the President on domestic and international trips. The current Air Force One planes are Boeing 747s, which have been in service since the early 1990s. However, they are set to be replaced by two new Boeing 747-8 planes, which are currently being built.
In 2018, former President Trump announced plans to update the design of Air Force One. He wanted to replace the current blue and white colour scheme with a new design that included a red, white, and blue colour palette. The design also included a large American flag on the tail of the plane, which was meant to be more prominent than the current design.
However, President Biden has decided to scrap Trump's proposed paint scheme. Instead, the new Air Force One planes will retain the current blue and white colour scheme, which has been used since the Kennedy administration(John F. Kennedy).
The decision to keep the current paint scheme is not entirely surprising. The blue and white design is seen as a sign of American tradition and stability. It is instantly recognizable as Air Force One, and is widely respected around the world. But, the light blue will be a "more modern tone" than the current robin's egg blue, and there won't be polished metal on the body "since modern commercial aircraft skin alloys don't allow for it," it claimed. The new Air Force One aircraft will instead closely resemble the ageing current one.
Since the new planes are expected to arrive in 2027 and 2028, the winner of the 2024 election will be the first to fly in them.
In addition to retaining the current paint scheme, the new Air Force One planes will also include a number of other updates. These updates include new communications equipment, new engines, and other advanced technologies.
Overall, the decision to scrap Trump's proposed paint scheme for Air Force One is a show of strength by President Biden. It shows that he is committed to maintaining American customs and symbols, while also moving forward with modernization and progress. The new Air Force One planes will be a powerful sign of American power and prestige, and will continue to serve as an important tool for the President of the United States.