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Biden scraps Trump's Air Force One paint scheme

Trump, who left office in January 2021, wanted to change the color scheme to red, white and blue.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden visits South Korea
FILE PHOTO: Air Force One with U.S. President Joe Biden onboard arrives at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea May 20, 2022.
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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will scrap a paint scheme for Air Force One proposed by former President Donald Trump, after the Air Force determined the design would create too much heat for the presidential aircraft, a U.S. official said on Friday, June 10.

The current exterior color scheme on the presidential aircraft, known as Air Force One when the president is on board, is white with two shades of blue and dates back to President John F. Kennedy's administration.

Trump, who left office in January 2021, wanted to change it to red, white and blue.

"The Trump paint scheme is not being considered because it could drive additional engineering, time and cost," an administration official said on condition of anonymity.

The Air Force did not immediately comment.

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On Wednesday, June 8, an Air Force spokeswoman said darker colors, among other factors, on the underside of Air Force One "might contribute to temperatures exceeding the current qualification limits of a small number of components."

In 2018, Boeing Co received a $3.9 billion contract to build two 747-8 aircraft for use as Air Force One by the U.S. president, due to be delivered by December 2024.

The Pentagon said this year that the planes are not likely to be delivered until 2026.

A Boeing spokesperson said it was making progress, "while navigating through some challenges."

The paint scheme decision was reported earlier by Politico.

(Reporting by David Shepardson and Mike Stone in Washington; Editing by Mark Porter and Bill Berkrot)

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