The President of the United States can exercise all his powers on Air Force One

Biden abandons colors chosen by Trump for presidential plane

Biden chose the light blue and white colors that John F. Kennedy chose more than 6 decades ago. AFP

The US Air Force revealed new colors for the presidential plane used by the President of the United States, stressing that Joe Biden abandoned the colors chosen by his predecessor Donald Trump for the Air Force One, on which the President of the United States can exercise all his powers while in the air, including a nuclear strike.

Biden chose the classic light blue and white colors, which John F. Kennedy chose more than six decades ago, for two aircraft under construction.

Donald Trump, who left office in January 2021, wanted to change the colors of the two future planes, choosing red, white and dark blue. On a table in the Oval Office, he showed a model of an airplane in these colors, and Trump wanted to put a red line in the middle of the plane, and paint its lower part with deep blue, a reference to the American flag.

The new colors posed technical problems for engineers, and an Air Force statement predicted delays and experiments to achieve the required dark blue tone.

But after Biden abandons Trump's colors, the new Air Force One will resemble the current one, although the blue will be slightly newer, and there will be no polished metal on the fuselage, because the cover of modern commercial aircraft does not allow it.

The term Air Force One is used to refer to two different presidential aircraft. The aircraft are equipped with state-of-the-art navigation and defense systems, such as an anti-missile system, an anti-explosion body, and a medical wing.

The new planes are expected to be delivered in 2027 and 2028, and the winner of the 2024 presidential election will be the first to board them.

The statement said the two aircraft currently in operation will continue to operate until this date, despite high maintenance costs and older parts.

• The presidential aircraft is equipped with the latest navigation and defense systems. It has an anti-missile system.