President Trump unveiled blueprints for Air Force One’s redesign — including a patriotic paint job and other “secret” upgrades which he says will come at a $1.6 billion cheaper price tag.
Trump flashed never-before-seen mockups for the new fleet in an Oval Office interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.
“George, take a look at this,” Trump said in a clip that aired Thursday. “Here’s your new Air Force One.”
Air Force One refers to any aircraft carrying the commander-in-chief — but generally refers to two “highly customized” Boeing 747-200B series aircraft, according to the White House.
The preliminary designs of the new version feature a red, white and blue paint job — a change from the current white and light blue exterior.
“It’s a 747 but, you know, it’s a much bigger plane,” Trump said. “It’s a much bigger wingspan.”
“There are a couple of secrets,” he added. “You know what, there are a couple of secrets I don’t think we’re supposed to be talking about.”
The president did, however, dispel one notion.
“Everyone wants to know, is there a pod or not?” Stephanopoulos asked, referring to the 1997 movie “Air Force One” that shows the aircraft equipped with an emergency one-person pod.
“A pod? Oh, I see,” Trump said. “But, yeah — no.”
Trump announced plans to upgrade Air Force One last year.
The White House said the new contract with Boeing was $1.3 billion less than initially proposed, according to ABC News.
“In fact, we added things,” Trump told the network. “And I got $1.6 billion off the price.”
The new fleet won’t roll out until 2024 — meaning Trump won’t get to enjoy the fruits of his labor.
“I’m doing that for other presidents, not for me,” Trump said.
From New York Post