The current coloring dates back to the early 1960s, when President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy had industrial designer Raymond Loewy redesign the plane pro bono.
The US Air Force maintains two identical Boeing 747 planes, which take on the "Air Force One" call sign when the president is onboard. He wants to replace the current light blue trim-which he described as a "Jackie Kennedy color"-or something potentially involving the red, white, and blue of the USA flag". One of them is always ready to go at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.
That color has been on the exterior of the plane since JFK's presidency, when he, not his wife, chose it over a red-and-gold color scheme. Here's what it now looks like.
President Trump wants to make Air Force One Great Again, and according to Axios, that would involve at least two distinct changes to the presidential jet. It also has the official presidential seal near the stairs the president typically uses to disembark the plane. Allen reports that Trump thinks it needs a bigger bed that's more like the one of his personal 757, which he flew during the campaign, replacing the "couch-like sleeping configuration" on the current Air Force One.
The president's two Air Force One jets are now light blue - "luminous ultramarine blue", technically - and white, with a light brown and white lining, with the words "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" emblazoned on it.
The Beast is a seven-seat black armoured limousine that reportedly costs $2,000,000 (£1.5 million) and is created to give Trump the ultimate protection.
The White House did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.
Thanks to his European travels this week, President Trump has logged some considerable hours on Air Force One lately. But he won't even get to enjoy these changes unless he's reelected: Boeing's (ba) two 747s need to be converted from commercial aircraft to a presidential transport, and are unlikely to hit the skies before January of 2021.
"Why would anyone want to discard an Air Force One design that evokes more than a half-century of American history?" presidential historian Michael Beschloss told Axios.