In February this year, the White House and Boeing Co. reached a $3.9 billion informal deal to buy two Boeing 747-8 presidential airlifters.
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That deal was announced more than a year since Trump criticized the cost and threatened to cancel buying a newer version of the Boeing 747.
The program, managed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, is led by a two-star general and has about 100 employees in the Presidential Airlift Recapitalization Directorate at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center headquarters.
Trump told CBS that the plane will get more patriotic hues.
“Red, white and blue,” Trump said. “Air Force One is going to be incredible. It’s gonna be the top of the line, the top in the world. And it’s gonna be red, white and blue, which I think is appropriate.”
Any plane carrying the president of the United States is referred to as “Air Force One,” but the name has long become a household moniker for the specific planes that are equipped to transport the commander-in-chief.