Air Force One’s New ‘Red, White and Blue’ Livery

by Sam Roecker

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Air Force One to Receive New ‘Red, White and Blue’ Livery

・President Trump announced changes to Air Force One’s iconic livery

・The current livery dates back to the Kenndy era in the early 1960s

・President Trump reportedly wants a ‘more American’ red, white, and blue look

Happy Prime Day, Y’all!

Who’s ready for a break from online shopping and Uber gift cards? Don’t worry – I promise we’re not getting political here. There’s one seat miles and points can never buy, a flight aboard the “Flying White House.”

President Trump confirmed cosmetic changes to the new Air Force One in an interview with CBS. The United States Air Force and Boeing completed negotiations for two modified 747-8 ‘Jumbojets’, replacing the 30-year modified 747-200s operating today.

Air Force One New vs Old Comparison

747-200/747-8 Comparison | Image: Boeing

Air Force One Archives

Current Air Force One – VC-25A – introduced in 1990. The “Flying Oval Office” has carried Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

Air Force One

Air Force One VC-25A – Introduced 1990 | Photo: Boeing

Introduced in 1962, the Boeing 707 VC-137C carried Presidents John F. Kenndy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush.

Air Force One

Air Force One VC-137C – Boeing 707 | Photo: Boeing


Boeing 707 Air Force One in the previous livery:

Boeing 707 Air Force One

1959 – 1962 Air Force One | Photo: Boeing

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derek July 18, 2018 - 10:17 am

The presidential jet (Air Force One) hasn’t stayed static. The original blue Jackie Kennedy/JFK design had yellow accents with the blue on the tail. Also black nose. There was no upswing of blue in the front. That was later added.

The current one is pleasant looking but the powder blue is a bit weak looking.

One problem is that the US doesn’t have a logo, like Delta or Lufthansa.

I favor a slight changes, maybe moderate, changes. Make the bottom very dark blue like the old British Airways. Then have a red accent just above that. Get rid of the front upswing. Then maybe have a tail like Lufthansa’s slash, except a US flag.

Sam Roecker July 18, 2018 - 6:35 pm

Hi Derek, thanks for that correction. I hadn’t noticed those yellow accents – good eye for detail 😉

Dave S July 23, 2018 - 2:48 pm

“One problem is that the US doesn’t have a logo, like Delta or Lufthansa.”????

Seriously? What do you call the thing with all the stars and stripes on the tail?

trump is looking for anything to memorialize himself. Personally, I think we should rename Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary “Trump Towers 2”.


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