US congress attempts to block Donald Trump's Air Force One paint job

Trump wants the US to show its true colours on the new Presidential jet.
Trump wants the US to show its true colours on the new Presidential jet. Photo credit: Boeing.

Lawmakers in Washington DC are pushing back on President Donald Trump's plans to commission an entirely new paint job for Air Force One.

Boeing won the US $3.9 billion contract to rebuild the aircraft that carries the most famous call sign in the world, due to be delivered in 2024. 

And, when it arrives, Trump wants it to be painted red, white and blue, instead of its current 'Jackie Kennedy light blue' colour.

The current AF1 Boeing 747-200 has been flying presidents around the world since the early '60s and will be replaced by Boeing 747-800s.

When asked about his new multi-million dollar purchase, Trump seemed convinced the livery will be changing.

"'I wonder if we should use the same baby blue colours?' And we're not," Trump told CBS News.

Despite Trump's rather conservative suggestion of a red, white and blue livery, some users on the internet have come up with what they think are more appropriate designs.

EJ  Time Waster shared his suggestion 'Hair Force One' on Twitter.

The Star Tribune suggested the aircraft be renamed 'Hot Air Force One'.

US congress attempts to block Trump's Air Force One paint job
US congress attempts to block Trump's Air Force One paint job Photo credit: Steve Sack/Startribune.com

Air Force One is actually the call sign of the president's aircraft, so it can only be called that if the president is onboard. When he isn't, its simply known as Sam.

A decision on how the new aircraft will be painted won't be made until 2021.

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